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  • White-tailed buck / R. Larranaga, USFWS

    Trails, Scenic Drives, Overlook

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge offers nature trails from .5 miles to 1.75 miles, scenic drives, and an overlook observation deck.

    Wildlife Watching & Nature Trails

  • Harrier hawk / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    eBird Trail Tracker

    Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Trail Tracker

  • Refuge grasslands / USFWS

    The Meadows

    Las Vegas is Spanish for ‘The Meadows,’ an appropriate name for a high plains refuge blanketed in short and tall-grass prairie.

    Wildlife & Habitat

  • Mule deer does / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

    Maxwell Refuge

    The refuge’s short-grass prairie, playa lakes, woodlots, wetlands & crop fields offer excellent wildlife watching year round.

    Maxwell Wildlife Refuge' Website

  • Buffalo cow with calves / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

    Rio Mora Refuge

    The 4,200-acre refuge and conservation area promote the protection of private working ranches via conservation easements.

    Rio Mora Refuge' Website


The Other Las Vegas - What Happens Here, Stays With You!

Fawn / USFWS

Come rejuvenate your soul by enjoying the peaceful beauty of nature at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of New Mexico, Land of Enchantment! Enjoy hiking trails, an 8 mile scenic auto tour loop drive, and an observation deck lookout for wildlife watching. The views are magnificent at this beautiful Refuge! What happens here, you will want to share with Everyone!

Refuge' Trails and Observation Areas

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Our Partners Get Involved!

  • What's Happening on the Refuge

    Hawk species perched

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge is fortunate to have a dedicated Friends Group that provides continual support! The Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge manage a variety of events at the refuge, the refuges within the Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and in the neighboring community. For more information on the Friends Group, to assist the Group as a Volunteer, and/or to become a Friends' Member, please visit their website link from the page below.

    Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
  • On-line eBird Trail Tracker

    Northern shovelers male and female / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird Trail Tracker is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to:

    eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
  • Meet Your Fish and Wildlife Service

    Refuge Archery Event / USFWS

    Urban Refuges, such as Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, make it easier for All People to Get their ‘Nature Fix.’ With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made it a priority to forge a connection between nature and urban communities. We are doing that in many ways, including our Urban Refuges, our Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships, and our Urban Bird Treaties. We consistently reach out to people who may be unfamiliar with or uncomfortable in the wild through programs to help people get the most out of our wildlife. The Visitors Services Manager for Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Las Vegas, Rio Mora and Maxwell National Wildlife Refuges) continually works for this goal to introduce more and more people to the outdoors, nature, and wildlife.

    USFWS Open Spaces
Last Updated: May 16, 2016
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