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  • Bathing American black bear 218 X 116

    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.

  • Mountain lion 218 X 116

    Mountain lion

    Mountain lion, puma, cougar, panther, catamount, ghost cat—this North American cat is known by more names than just about any other mammal!

  • Badger 218 X 116

    North American badger

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


Visitor Center's Summer 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 summer hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, beginning June 1st. Restroom facilities are available at the Visitor Center during open hours.

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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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Saturday, August 15th Event!

  • Butterfly Count Outing!

    Sulphur spp. on purple flower petals

    Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is offering a Butterfly Count opportunity on Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Call the refuge today at 505-864-4021, Ext. 102 to join us! You do not need any experience to count. For all the details, see the flyer below.

    Butterfly Count Flyer
  • Naturalistic Wildlife Drinkers

    Black bear at a naturalistic drinker on Sevilleta / refuge remote camera, USFWS

    Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge received acclamation for redesigning the refuge's wildlife drinkers to a naturalistic design! This new calendar year's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "Refuge Update" newsletter highlighted an article on the refuge's achievement! To read the entire article on Sevilleta's efforts, see the link below. Also, go to our website's Multimedia link and view additional photographs of our new drinkers and the native wildlife enjoying them!

    Sevilleta Article in Refuge Update Jan-Feb 2015
  • Kids Activity Backpacks

    Students exploring the refuge

    New this summer, the refuge has Activity Backpacks for our visiting children! These Explorer Backpacks are full of nature games, wildlife activities and discovery tools for your refuge adventure! Pick up the pack at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center before you hit the refuge' trails. Be sure and bring a photo ID for Free checkout of an Activity Backpack. For on-line interactive activities, go to our Just for Kids page, under the Visit link above. Enjoy our newest interactive activity linked directly below.

    Mammal Interactive Coloring Page
Page Photo Credits — Pronghorn-photo by refuge remote camera / USFWS, Refuge sunset over the wetlands/USFWS, Sulphur spp. on purple flower petals, Black bear at naturalistic wildlife drinker on Sevilleta / refuge remote camera, USFWS, Gunnison's prairie dogs / © Jeremy Stein, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2015
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