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Sunset reflection in waterWelcome to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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 Refuge
Bosque 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 Visit
A visit to the refuge can be the trip of a lifetime, especially if you know what to expect.


  • The visitor center parking lot can accommodate motor homes as well as cars. You are welcome to unhitch and use your tow vehicle on the Auto Tour Loop but it is not required.  
  • Please drive carefully on gravel roads and stay on designated roads and turnouts.  
  • The speed limit is 25 mph.  
  • There are both one-way and two-way sections so observe signs carefully.  
  • Prepare for vehicles ahead of you to stop suddenly – most likely a visitor is watching an interesting bird or other wildlife.  
  • Auto Tour Loop roads are wide, so pull over to allow others to pass safely. 

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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Last Updated: Apr 18, 2014
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