Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

New Mexico

(575) 835-1828

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An oasis in the arid lands that surround it, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is known as one of the most spectacular Refuges in North America. Spanish for "woods of the Apache", this land was named for the people who often camped in the riverside forest. Tens of thousands of birds including sand-hill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks, gather each autumn and stay through the winter. Feeding snow geese erupt in explosions of wings when frightened by a stalking coyote, and at dusk, flight after flight of geese and cranes return to roost in the marshes.

Map of Bosque del Apache NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 33.877827, -106.852512



  • Bird Watching

    The winter months offer the opportunity to see bald and golden eagles, cranes and light geese. In spring and fall, warblers, flycatchers and shorebirds are present in the refuge. During summer months, visitors can see nesting songbirds, waders, shorebirds and ducks.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The 15-mile auto tour loop allows visitor to enjoy wildlife viewing and photography. Information is available year-round at the tour entrance. Wildlife is accustomed to visitors and may be closely observed from vehicles, which serve as photo blinds.

    The Seasonal Tour Road is open April through September. This is an excellent place to observe shorebirds and waders. During the winter, this area is reserved as a roost area for eagles and cranes. Vehicles must remain on established roads that are open to the public and out of designated wilderness areas.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed on all of the canals within the refuge boundaries from April 1st through September 30th each year, one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Access to the canals is via the tour loop. Stop by the visitor center for a fishing map, showing areas open to fishing. A valid New Mexico fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    Chupadera Peak Trail is a strenuous 9.5-mile roundtrip hike through the Chihuahuan Desert to a volcanic canyon. The peak of the hike offers a 360-degree view of the San Mateo and Magdalena Mountains and the Rio Grande. Fall, winter, and spring are the best times to travers this trail, while temperatures are below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    State and Federal hunting regulations regarding methods of take, dates, bag limits, etc. apply to all hunting on the refuge, in addition to refuge specific regulations.

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Situated just off Interstate 25 midway between Albuquerque and Las Cruces, Socorro is the nearest town to the refuge. To reach the refuge from Socorro, drive eight miles south on I-25 to exit 139, continue east on US 380 to the flashing signal at San Antonio, and turn right onto Old Highway 1, continuing south nine miles to the Visitor Center. From Las Cruces, drive north on I-25 to exit 124 (San Maracial), then north on Old Highway 1 to the visitor center.

Phone Numbers


(575) 835-1828