Wind Wolves Preserve
Contains 97,000 acres and a multitude of wildlife sighting opportunities. The largest non-profit preserve on the West Coast is home to nearly 200 Tule elk, the endangered Bakersfield cactus, and various other animals. The Transverse Ranges, Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada, western Mojave Desert and San Joaquin Valley all converge in the preserve, making it a unique geological and ecological destination. Wind Wolves Preserve is open to the public on weekends from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for hiking and picnicking. Camping hours are Friday 2:30 p.m. through Sunday 5:00 p.m. by advanced reservation only. From Bakersfield: (30 minutes, 33 miles) Take Highway 99 south to Highway 166 west toward Maricopa. Travel 9.5 miles. After you cross over Old River Road, continue 1.8 miles to the access road on left. Look for a large sign indicating "Wind Wolves Preserve." Turn left onto the access road and travel south for 3 miles. Turn right and proceed through the main entrance gate.