Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

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Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

New Mexico

(505) 864-4021

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Things To Do

   

Overview

A vast landscape in the heart of New Mexico, Sevilleta National Wildllife Refuge supports four major ecological habitats, encompasses two mountain ranges, and contains stretches of the largest river in the state. The refuge is unforgettable in its magnitude and austere beauty but is most significant in its function. Unrivaled among this nation's refuges, Sevilleta is managed to maintain the natural processes of flood, fire, and succession that sustain this diverse ecosystem. Vital to migrating birds and other wildlife, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is truly as unique and varied as the wildlife it supports.

To experience the timeless beauty of the refuge, make the visitor center your first stop. The staff can offer advice on the best ways to explore the open areas of the refuge; San Lorenzo Canyon, as well as the wetlands. Exhibits in the center feature the cultural history, biological diversity, varied geology, and latest news on scientific studies and findings at the refuge.

Outside the visitor center, stretch your legs on the Mesa View, Nature Loop, and Wildflower Loop trails, where you can observe native plants and wildlife. Biologists, geologists and other refuge experts lead guided tours throughout the year. Education programs can be scheduled for groups in advance. Please contact the visitor center for more information.

Map of Sevilleta NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 34.351880, -106.881518

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Activities

  • Hiking

    There are several nature trails open to hiking.

  • Hunting

    The refuge offers hunts for doves in September and light geese, coots, and ducks mid-October through January. Youth accompanied by an adult hunter and hunters with disabilities are welcome at all hunts.

Seasonality/Weather

Come prepared for unpredictable weather with hat, sunglasses, water, and layers of clothing. Summer temperatures can soar to 100 degrees and then cool down considerably at night; you can expect early afternoon monsoon rains from early July into September. Winter temperatures can be cold and skies are frequently clear; at night, the temperatures can approach the freeze mark. You can expect an occasional skiff of snow.

Park Partners

Amigos de la Sevilleta

The primary partner of the refuge is the Amigos de la Sevilleta Friends Group. This non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in the conservation of wildlife and habitats through environmental education and research. The organization envisions a rich and healthy future for the refuge's ecosystem. The Amigos and refuge staff have an outreach program in place to increase public awareness of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge's research projects, conservation efforts, and its vast wild beauty.

(505) 864-4021

Directions

Driving

The refuge is located off Interstate 25, between Los Lunas and Socorro.

From Albuquerque (50 miles): Drive south on I-25 to exit 169 and head west approximately one half mile to the refuge visitor center.

From Las Cruces (184 miles): Drive north on I-25 to exit 169 and head west approximately one half mile to the refuge visitor center.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(505) 864-4021

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