Get outta town: Wolfwood Refuge in Ignacio

by Patty Templeton

Are you supposed to dance with wolves? Run away from them? If you see a wolf in the forest, will it claw your cheek-meat off for sammiches?

Wolfwood Refuge, a wolf and wolfdog sanctuary in Ignacio, wants to calm you the f down about wolves. It is a nonprofit safe haven for special needs animals that works to dispel myths and educate the public about wolves and wolfdogs.

Note: You have to make an appointment for an educational tour. And hey, just because the tour is free doesn’t mean you shouldn’t donate. All the work done at the refuge is done by volunteers and every little bit helps. There are over 60 wolves and wolfdogs on site and a tour includes appropriate interaction time with the animals.

Keep in mind, the tours are weather-dependent, so they can get canceled due to nasty skies or epic mud. Also, there’s no canteen at the facility so BYO water and snack.

If you fall in love with the beasties, there’s plenty of ways to volunteer. To find out how to get a tour and more involved in the local wolf populace, hit up

Patty Templeton


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