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Rules and Regulations

Riparian area on the refuge  / © Gina DelloRussoThere are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn't help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities at Bosque del Apache National Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!

  • Pet regulations are strictly enforced so please make sure you are familiar with the pet policy.
  • Possession or use of alcohol is prohibited on the refuge.
  • Pits or permanent blinds are prohibited.
  • Use caution when walking on roads. Yield to approaching vehicles. 
  • Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Young animals should be left alone. 
  • Help protect resources. All plants, wildlife, and cultural features on the refuge are protected and it is illegal to remove them.
  • Open fires are prohibited.
  • Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is illegal and subject to a fine. 
  • Do not feed wildlife.  The digestive systems of wild animals are adapted to food found in nature and human food could cause them to become ill. When fed, wildlife might also become bold and aggressive. Never approach a wild animal no matter how “friendly” it appears. Note, it is illegal to feed wildlife on the refuge and subject to a fine.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations. 
Page Photo Credits — Riparian area on the refuge  / © Gina DelloRusso
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016
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