San Andres National Wildlife Refuge

Quick Facts

San Andres National Wildlife Refuge

New Mexico

(575) 382-5047

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Overview

Steep, rugged mountains and deep canyons make up the terrain of this Refuge. With an 80 mile long stretch along the San Andres Mountain range, the Refuge is comprised of 57,215 acres in the rugged Chihuahuan desert. The Refuge is completely surrounded by the 2.2 million acre White Sands Missile Range, which is the largest military installation in the United States. With the exception of occasional special guided tours for education or research groups, the San Andres National Wildlife Refuge remains closed to the public for safety and security concerns. One reason is for the protection of the remnant desert bighorn sheep herd found there. Today this herd numbers approximately 100 animals and is slowly increasing in size.

Map of San Andres NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 32.687643, -106.542664

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Activities

  • Hunting

    Hunting is not permitted in the refuge.

Seasonality/Weather

With the exception of occasional special guided tours for education or research groups, the San Andres National Wildlife Refuge remains closed to the public for safety and security concerns.

Directions

Driving

The staff office headquarters is located 10 miles east from the I-25 and Highway 70 intersection (Exit 6) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The office is located on the north side of Highway 70. The Refuge itself, is another 15 miles northeast of the office. There is no public access on the Refuge due to its location within the secure, military weapons testing facility of White Sands Missile Range.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(575) 382-5047

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