Getting to Know Your Refuge
established refuge offers tours and open houses for the public. Call to make an
appointment and visit your refuge.
Thankful for Partners
Because of the hard
work of many partners, Valle de Oro Refuge was established for the benefit of
wildlife, habitat and you!
For Wildlife & You!
Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations
will always have wild places to explore!
Valle de Oro Refuge is a
flagship project of the Middle Rio Grande Initiative, an effort to restore and
manage this portion of river.
Check out our refuge blog featuring articles from staff members, interns, volunteers and partners.
Refuge Blog Site
Secretary of the Interior, Jewell visits!
In the summer of 2014 the full 570 acres of land and associated water rights were acquired. The refuge is currently working with community members and partners to plan habitat restoration and facilities. The public is invited to join in on planning and contribute ideas by attending public meetings, open houses and design charrettes. Follow our Facebook page, linked below, for more announcements of events.Valle de Oro is on Facebook!
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Looking towards the future
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge hosts various Events throughout the year for you and your family to enjoy, free of charge! On one Saturday of each month, we present an "Open House" with a different theme. Be sure and check our Events Calendar routinely to see what Valle de Oro is doing each month! This month, our Open House theme is, "View Fall Colors" with a refuge tour on Saturday, October 10th. We look forward to seeing you at our amazing urban National Wildlife Refuge. For more information about the refuge, please contact us at 505-248-6667.Upcoming Events
selected as the site for this year’s Climate Change Scenario Planning Project.
Planning for a rapidly growing region like Albuquerque in an arid climate means
addressing challenges of congestion, sprawl, energy use, vehicle emissions, and
water scarcity exacerbated by climate change. To help develop long-term
mitigation and adaptation strategies, the Volpe Center is working with a team of
federal, regional, and state stakeholders to execute a scenario planning project
in Albuquerque to integrate climate change considerations into existing and
continuing transportation, land use, coastal zone, and hazard mitigation
planning processes. As Albuquerque’s urban refuge, Valle de Oro NWR will be
directly involved in this project.Learn More
An Oasis in Albuquerque
Land along the Rio Grande River has been protected for the State's newest wildlife refuge, including significant water rights to address restoration of the Middle Rio Grande. With all its 570 acres acquired, this urban jewel provides a place for people to get outside and truly enjoy nature within their own community.
Page Photo Credits Mallard ducks in the refuge's agriculture fields / USFWS, Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS, In the crop fields on the refuge / © Don Usner, Egret in flight / © Steve Valasek, Department of the Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell visits the refuge / USFWS, Fall cottonwoods / © M. Rodriguez-McGill, Overcast skies beyond wild sunflowers / USFWS, Rio Grande River route / © Don Usner, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2015