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Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

Off Of Del Monte Blvd heading west of Castroville, Salinas, CA 93908

At just 367 acres, the refuge boasts a colorful mosaic of coastal dunes, beaches, salt marshes, saline ponds, grasslands and riparian habitats. The refuge was initially established in 1973 because of its prime location along the Pacific Flyway. During the spring and fall migrations, thousands of birds traveling along the Pacific Flyway flock to the refuge, seeking shelter and food in one of the few remaining wetlands along the central California coast. Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge also protects several threatened and endangered species, including Western snowy plover, Smith’s blue butterfly, and Monterey spineflower

Activities & Tours
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  • Hours of Operation: sunrise to sunset
  • Parking:
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