We believe that wolves get a bad rap. These beautiful creatures are often misunderstood and that's why we've found the perfect place where people can learn more about them in a safe, fun way. There's a wolf sanctuary near Arizona that lets you get up close with these beautiful creatures.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Candy Kitchen, New Mexico, is a non-profit organization that's dedicated to rescuing abandoned wolves, wolf-dogs, and other canines that were not properly cared for.
You can find more information on their mission and ethics here.
You can meet these adorable rescues up close. The best part? It's less than a six-hour drive away from the Phoenix.
Standard tours are $10 per adult and are available between Tuesday and Sunday at various times.
They last about an hour and you'll be able to walk around the entire sanctuary while the caretakers dish out some interesting facts about the animals and how they're cared for.
Since they're only open seasonally, you can start planning a visit between March and December.
If you want a unique experience that's budget-friendly, we recommend booking a spot for a feeding tour. It's only $25 a person and you'll be able to watch them eat.
There's even a chance you'll be able to throw the food over the fence yourself! It just depends on what habitat you visit.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, opt for a specialty tour. For $200 per person, the canine encounter will allow you to meet some rescues up-close and learn all about them.
Just be sure that you make a reservation at least one week in advance for a specialty tour and two days in advance for a standard one.
Currently, there are 61 rescue animals that call this place home, including coyotes, wolf dogs, singing dogs, dingos, arctic wolves, domestic dogs, and red and gray foxes.
You can see them all for yourself on the sanctuary's rescue page.
Wild Spirit is a wonderful place with a great cause. If you're heading on a road trip to the east coast, it's definitely worth stopping by.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary
Price: $10 per adult for standard tours
When: March through December by reservation only
Address: 378 Candy Kitchen Rd., Ramah, NM
Why You Need To Go: You can meet actual wolves and feed them too.
We strongly advise that before you go visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.