Visitor Advise

Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes! The quarter-mile walking tour is on a decomposed granite trail which is sloped in places. People have brought strollers but most prefer to backpack infants.

If you have visitors in your party who need special assistance, who have difficulty walking for example, please inform the Cat Haven when you schedule your visit. We will do what we can to help. You can also consider booking one of our in-door educational programs. These are an enjoyable alternative which have been very well received by groups ranging from seniors to homeschoolers.

A word about the weather:a little preparation helps to make your tour thoroughly enjoyable. In summer, wear a hat and sunscreen. Although the path is partially shaded, drink plenty of water before you set out. You may want to carry a bottle of water with you.

During the winter season, be prepared for changeable weather and wear layers. The Cat Haven is situated above San Joaquin’s standard winter fog, and has quantities of fine days, but always be alert for unexpected road conditions.

There is no place to keep a pet while visiting the Cat Haven. We recommend that you not bring your pet cat, dog or elephant to the Cat Haven.

Places To Stay

Approximate drive times:

  • Dinuba – 35 minutes
  • Fresno – 50 minutes
  • Los Angeles – 4 hours
  • Madera – 65 minutes
  • Reedley – 35 minutes
  • San Francisco – 4 hours
  • Visalia – 50 minutes