Overnight Visits and Camping

Tipi night skyThis winter, our roads have heavy snowdrifts on them. If you choose to visit, come via Gardner on Gardner Road. Call ahead of time to make sure the road is passable. 2WD passenger vehicles will likely not make it up our 1.5 mile driveway, but we can pick you up in a 4WD truck and bring you the last few minutes if you call ahead of time (there is no cell service here). Mission: Wolf landline: 719-859-2157.

Please DO NOT bring your dog to the sanctuary.


Camping is allowed free of charge at Mission: Wolf. We have space for 10-15 tents in our campsite. If you need more space or privacy, additional primitive camping is available a half-mile down the road on National Forest land. We also have a 380 square foot tipi available for the public for a suggested donation of $20 per person per night ($100 for a group). The tipi is a community space, and you may find yourself sharing the space with other visitors. We offer our guests free tours, a fire ring, benches, and picnic tables. We are happy to provide guests with drinking water, but our supply is limited. Plan on conserving water at Mission: Wolf. Please bring your own food and supplies.

We encourage visitors to get involved and help out in whatever way they can. We invite our guests to help feed the wolves or pitch in on whatever projects we are working on. You are invited to help with our famous big feed on Wednesday and Saturday. Upon request, we are happy to provide a record of the community service hours you put in at the sanctuary.

Our property sits adjecent to thousands of acres of National Forest and State Trust land. While you are here, we welcome you to explore the Wet Mountains around the sanctuary. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains sit across the valley from us, and Great Sand Dunes National Park is a few hours drive away or a quick hike down Mosca Pass. Click here for more about nearby hiking, camping and attractions.

Mission: Wolf's elevation is 9300 feet above sea level. Mission wolf campsite sangre de cristo
Mountain weather can be unpredictable; intense storms bring strong winds and precipitation throughout the year. Come prepared for the weather and the elevation. We recommend low-profile tents in case of gale-force winds. Extra tent stakes and thin cord always come in handy for wind-proofing tents.

Please give us a few days notice before your arrival. Let us know how many are in your group, how long you intend to stay, and how many volunteer hours you want to contribute. Although we do not charge any fees for visiting or camping, donations are appreciated and tax-deductible. If you would like to bring an organized experiential education group, please read about our experiential education program.