Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

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Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

New Mexico

(575) 375-2331

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Things To Do



Home to over 219 species of birds, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge contains 2200 acres of short-grass prairie, 900 acres of lakes, 400 acres of agricultural fields, and roughly 200 acres of woodlots or other lands recovering from a long history of farming and grazing. Lakes 12,13, and 14 store water for delivery to local farmers and ranchers. The cottonwood and elm woodlots, remnants of old homesteads, provide unique habitats for local wildlife. These areas support a variety of nesting birds, as well as resident mule deer, white-tailed deer and rarer visitors like mountain lion and black bear.

Map of Maxwell NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 36.573009, -104.578257



  • Boating

    Boating may be permitted; please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    Sport fishing is permitted in Lakes 13 and 14 from March 1st through October 31st. Lake 13 is stocked periodically with hatchery-reared rainbow trout. Other fish caught in Lake 13 include black bullhead, channel catfish, green sunfish, bluegill, yellow perch, walleye, and large-mouth bass.


Bird enthusiasts are invited to help with special counts such as the Great Backyard Bird Count in February, the International Migratory Bird Count in May, and the Christmas Bird Count in December.

Waterfowl numbers on the lakes reach their peak during the late fall and early winter months. It is during that time when as many as 30 bald eagles can be counted feeding on the resident and migratory waterfowl.



From Raton, drive south on I-25 and take the Maxwell Exit (426). Drive north .8 miles on State Highway 445. At the intersection of State Highways 445 and 505, drive two-and-a-half-miles west. Turn north on Lake 13 Road at the entrance sign and drive one-and-a-quarter-miles to the Refuge Headquarters.

Phone Numbers


(575) 375-2331