Visitor CenterSummer Hours - June, July, and August, Thursday - Monday 8am to 4pm.
September through May, Daily – 8am to 4pm.
*Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the Fourth of July and on Tuesday and Wednesdays during June, July, and August.
* May close early on the day before the above and other federal holidays.
Here, volunteers are available to provide you with a map and will let you know what is happening on the refuge. Displays in the visitor center explain habitat management and introduce you to the wildlife that call the refuge home. A nature store with field guides, checklists, and nature themed gifts will help enhance your visit. The attached headquarters offices are where the business of the refuge is conducted. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the building to the west. 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.