Refuge Alerts


  • The overwintering bird species (cranes, geese, and ducks) have arrived. It is likely you will view them during your visit. We anticipate excellent viewing opportunities of these species from mid-November through January. 
  • Alert - Drinking water is currently not available on the refuge.  
        Please come prepared with drinking water, food, and hand sanitizer sufficient for your visit.
  • Alert - Entrance Fee: Cash or check only  
       If you do not have a valid entrance pass, currently we are only able to accept cash or check. 
  • Alert - Current Operations

         The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance to implement a phased approach to increase public access to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Based on this guidance and in accordance with the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the refuge is beginning to safely increase access.

         As of November 1, 2021, access to the refuge is as follows:

         Open during daytime hours: Tour Loop, Hunting, Bosque del Apache Wilderness, portable toilets (at Visitor Center Parking Lot, Flight Deck, and Rio Viejo Trailhead), Wetland Roost, Point of Lands Overlook, Picnic Pavilion, online Nature Store, brick and mortar Nature Store (limited hours)Recreation Fee Collection, observation decks, and Trails: Bike, Elmendorf, Marsh Overlook, Boardwalk, Sparrow Loop, John P. Taylor, Jr. Memorial, Rio Viejo, Observation Blind, Chupadera National Recreation, Bajada Loop, Canyon National Recreation, and Desert Arboretum 

         Closed: Visitor Center, restrooms, vault toilets

         We are excited to welcome you back but do ask that you follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Staff are working to maintain clean, safe, and healthy facilities in accordance with federal, state and local guidance.

         Please visit this site for updates. We look forward to seeing you soon!

         Please visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available. More information is available by calling 575-835-1828.    
  • Most of New Mexico is experiencing a drought, including Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. This will impact the amount of water and where it is located on the refuge

  • Periodically, the phone lines to the refuge do not function. You may hear a ring, or even get through to the Visitor Center, but then be disconnected. You may try to email us through this web page ("Contact Us" at the bottom of the webpage) or contact us through Facebook messaging.