Fifteen miles out of Valyermo is the Alpine Butte Wildlife Sanctuary. This dogtastic sanctuary is home to some prehistoric rock formations, and has the presence of dinosaur, marine, and flying reptile fossils. The sanctuary is 320-acres of sand dunes, creosote bush scrubs, and woodlands. You and Fido are allowed to explore the sanctuary at your leisure, but Fido needs to stay on leash. Be sure not to enter the prohibited areas. Bring water since there isn't any shade, and don't forget your clean-up bags. When you visit, don't forget to stop in to see some of the wildlife, like the Mojave desert tortoise or the kit foxes. The sanctuary can be busy at times since it is popular among school field trips.