Visitor Center Daily – 8am to 4pm *Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the Fourth of July.Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with maps, brochures, checklists and will let you know what is happening on the refuge. A bookstore with displays and videos will help enhance your experience. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted. Accessible restroom facilities are also available here.Enjoying the RefugeBosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge offers many opportunities to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including wildlife watching, hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife photography and more. The refuge’s nature trails and the auto tour loop are accessible all year. How to Have a Great VisitA visit to the refuge can be the trip of a lifetime, especially if you know what to expect.Parking
Directions From the north (Socorro, NM), drive nine miles south on I-25 to exit 139, go east one-fourth mile on US 380 to the flashing signal at the village of San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive south nine miles to the Visitor Center. From the south (Las Cruces, NM), drive north on I-25 to exit 124 (San Marcial), go east on the dirt road 1.5 miles, then north on Old Highway 1 to the visitor center. The lat/long to the visitor center is 33.804777, -106.890917.
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Sandhill cranes move among
several areas throughout the day to feed, rest, and socialize. Social behavior
includes at least ten different types of calls, various threatening postures,
and elaborate dances for everything from joy to courtship.