The City of Alamo is the Gateway to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Nature tourists visiting Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge exceed 165,000 per year, with 99,000 of them here to go “birding”. More than 90% stay three-to-seven nights at local motels and bed and breakfasts. They inject an estimated $34 million per year into Alamo and surrounding communities.
Considered the jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge (NWF) system, Santa Ana is also the most popular and best known wildlife refuge in the Valley. Its 2088 acres has nearly 400 species of birds, half of all butterfly species found in North America, and rarities such as the indigo snake and the endangered ocelot. A butterfly garden is next to the Visitor Center. During the winter, a 60-passenger tram traverses the refuge three times a day. A friendly naturalist from the Valley Nature Center leads the hour-long, guided, seven-mile ride. The refuge is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Access is via Alamo Road (FM 907) from Expressway 83 or Business 83.