Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Sinton: Welder Wildlife Foundation Refuge

Photo by Valerie D. Bates

Dedicated to conservation research and education, the refuge is open to visitors for guided tours on selected Thursdays and Saturdays. The tour takes visitors through a variety of habitats ranging from upland mesquite-mixed-grass communities to freshwater wetland lakes. Many species of birds and wildlife are generally seen on these tours. Reservations are not necessary for Thursday tours, but are required fir Saturday visits.


  • 10429 Welder Wildlife
  • Sinton, Texas
  • 78387


Hours & Fees

  • Contact for current tour information.

  • Contact for current fees.

Map & Directions

From Sinton, Texas, take Hwy 77 north toward Woodsboro and Victoria. Depending on the exit you take leaving Sinton, after approximately 7-10 miles you will see a brown highway sign announcing the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation. Exit right off the highway immediately after the sign and proceed to the Foundation's white stucco gate house. The Headquarters is located 2 miles from the main gate. Continue on the paved road without turning onto side roads until you cross a cattle guard. After you have crossed the cattle guard, you will see a sign directing you to the Headquarters.


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Read more about the Welder Wildlife Foundation and Refuge in the Handbook of Texas Online.