The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
An easy few minutes from downtown Los Banos, The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge offers the people of our town a wonderful quiet place to get away from the city and peacefully observe nature. Spotting all manner of wildlife is easy at the refuge. Birds and mammals are all around and most are not quite as skittish of humans as you might expect. (Though you should NEVER approach them.)
There are over 7400 acres of habitat set aside at the San Luis Refuge, but for most people the big draw is the Tule Elk enclosure. This large fenced area encloses a small herd of Tule Elk and can be circumnavigated by automobile. These beautiful animals are something to behold. DO NOT enter the enclosure! You might also bring along some field glasses or a spotting scope to make the experience of observing the Tule Elk even more enjoyable.
There are interpretive exhibits about the elk at different 'waypoints' surrounding the enclosure and there is an observation platform with a telescope set up where visitors can go and see well over the top of the Tule Elk enclosure.
The San Luis Wildlife Refuge is a quiet place for the most part and it is also a great place to go microbe hunting if you need pond water for a school project. :-) The meandering streams and creeks are pleasant and there are a large number of birds of various kinds to be spotted everywhere.
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