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    Wetlands Enhancements !

    Sevilleta's wetland units will be CLOSED for ongoing habitat enhancement projects throughout the 2015-2016 winter seasons.

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    So Refreshing!

    This American black bear was observed enjoying a refuge wildlife drinker for more than a drink!

    View Our New Photo Gallery Highlighting Our Naturalistic Wildlife Drinkers

  • Chihuhua raven 218 X 116

    A bird's eye view

    The adult Chihuahuan raven has a glossy black plumage. The species is fairly common in deserts and dry grasslands of the southwest.

  • Grey fox

    Gray fox

    The gray fox can scramble-up a tree quickly, and is the only member of the dog family capable of climbing.

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    North American badger

    Badgers are built to dig. They move dirt faster than any other mammal, including a person with a shovel!


Refuge's Wetland Units Closed Through Winter 2016

Wetlands with clouds reflecting in the water / USFWS

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge wetland units will be CLOSED for the 2015-2016 winter season to all recreation, including birdwatching and hunting! We are working on ongoing habitat enhancement projects in both Units A & B throughout the winter. The Units will be open again later in 2016 and will be better than ever! Check back to our website for updates.


2015-2016 Hunting Season Suspended

Pheasant close-up

Improvements to approximately 60 acres of the refuge's wetlands and riparian habitat, for a variety of endangered species and other wildlife, will require Wetland Units A & B to be closed for the next several months to public access and all recreational activities including hunting and wildlife observation. The closure is to ensure public safety and is expected to last through the 2015/2016 hunting season. In addition to habitat improvements, the refuge will also improve hunting and wildlife observation opportunities for subsequent seasons! During Sevilleta's current closures, please review our other State' refuges seasonal hunting schedules

Refuge Improvements Bring Temporary Closure

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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Join Us For Our Refuge Outings!

  • Help Us Count at . . .

    Mountain bluebird males / © Lynda J. Goff

    The Great Backyard Bird Count! This is a national count sponsored by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and similar counts will be going on across the country from February 12-15, 2016. Our count will be on February 13 starting at 8 am at the refuge Visitor Center. We will count birds around the Visitor Center until 10 am, and then we will have a birding hike from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Please come join us for one or both of these counts!

    The Great Backyard Bird Count website
  • Horseback Ride - April 16th

    Riders of horseback / © Clifford Carter

    Load up YOUR horse, saddle, plenty of water, and your lunch; and join us for a guided horseback exploration of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge! Explore vast spring scenery from your saddle. Dress for the weather. Space is limited so make your reservations now! High clearance 4 WD vehicle is recommended. Meet at Refuge Visitor Center at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 16. Call the refuge at number: (505) 864-4021 to make your reservations.

  • Visitor Center's Weekly Hours

    Refuge sunset

    The refuge is open year round during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset). No entrance fees are required. The entrance gate is timed to open at sunrise and close at sunset seven days a week. The Visitor Center's hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday. Restroom facilities are available at the Visitor Center during open hours.

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Page Photo Credits — Pronghorn-photo by refuge remote camera / USFWS, Ducks enjoying Refuge wetlands / USFWS, Wetlands with clouds reflecting in the water / USFWS, Pheasant / USFWS, Mountain bluebird males / © Lynda J. Goff, Horseback riders / © Clifford Carter, Refuge sunset over the wetlands/USFWS, Gunnison's prairie dogs / © Jeremy Stein, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2016
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