This Hidden Destination In New Mexico Is A Secret Only Locals Know About

Most people – including residents – have no idea that you can have a wolf encounter in New Mexico. But those people haven’t been to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in the tiny, unincorporated community of Candy Kitchen.

Candy Kitchen supposedly earned its name because, during Prohibition, the local moonshiner sold piñon candy as a cover for booze production. Located roughly 60 miles south of Gallup, both this community and the sanctuary are remote.

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To learn more about the sanctuary, watch this video featuring an interview with Wild Spirit’s director, Leyton Cougar.

Tip: The best time of year to visit is winter because that’s when the wolves are most energetic.It’s important to make reservations in advance by calling (505) 775-3032 or emailing ([email protected]) the sanctuary. Only standard tours don’t require advance reservations.

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is located at 378 Candy Kitchen Road, Ramah.

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