Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge

Along the banks of the lower Rio Grande is a 2,088 acre federal refuge, established in 1943. The Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge is a thorn forest habitat with nearly 400 species of birds and other wildlife, including the endangered ocelot, also known as the "painted leopard".

Explore the hiking trails or check out the visitor’s center for great information about the wildlife. An adventure is waiting for you and your family, just 12 short miles southwest of McAllen.


Refuge headquarters is located 7 miles south of Alamo, Texas, on FM 907, about 1/4 mile east on U.S. Highway 281.

Entrance Fees

***Entrance to the refuge is FREE on the first Sunday of each month.***


Daily Passes

Private Vehicle

$ 3.00

Group Rate

$25.00 (Tour groups, etc.)

School Groups


Bicycles/Foot Entry

$ 3.00 (per family group)

Season Passes

Santa Ana NWR Annual Passport

$10.00 (also good at Laguna Atascosa NWR)

Current Federal Duck Stamp


Golden Eagle Passport


Golden Age Passport


Golden Access Passport


For more information, please visit their website. (website) or the Friends of

South Texas National Wildlife Refuges website. (website)



Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge Photo Gallery

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