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    Wetland Enhancements to 2016

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

    Closure Details

  • 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

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    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! Additional information will be provided soon. Check back to our website for updates.

Upcoming Notices


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.

Plan Your Visit

Build It And They Will Come!

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

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 September Outings!

  • Historic Connections, Saturday, September 12th

    Refuge Historical building / USFWS

    Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge has a rich and fascinating history! Join us for this momentous journey as we venture by vehicle to the Refuge to learn more about the eons of human inhabitation of the area! The tour will be on Saturday, September 12 from 9 am to 3 pm. Hiking will be over uneven terrain, dress for the weather and remember your lunch, ample water, and camera! For reservations, Please call 505/864-4021.

  • Support Public Lands Day!

    © National Public Lands Day logo

    National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 26th! Enjoy the out-of-doors with us at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge! Join the Amigos de la Sevilleta from 9 am to 2 pm for this workday to enhance a public use area! Don't forget your gloves, hat, sunscreen, and water! Reservations can be made by calling 505/864-4021, please. View the link below for more information on Public Lands Day. This Saturday has also been designated as a Department of the Interior, Agencies' "Fee Free Day" for the public! So be sure and Get Outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges, with our offer of free admission for the day!

    Official Public Lands Day Website
  • 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, Ducks enjoying Refuge wetlands / USFWS, Wetlands with clouds reflecting in the water / USFWS, Refuge sunset over the wetlands/USFWS, Black bear at naturalistic wildlife drinker on Sevilleta / refuge remote camera, USFWS, Historic Lineshack building remains on the refuge / USFWS, © National Public Lands Day logo, Gunnison's prairie dogs / © Jeremy Stein, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2015
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