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Black-faced ibis flock / Steve Valasek ©Welcome to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge!

The gates of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge are now opened to the public every day 8-5pm.  The refuge offers monthly open houses and special events which will be posted on our Events Calendar, as well as tours by appointment.  If you are interested in scheduling a visit, please contact the Refuge Manager.

Check back to this site routinely, as eventually Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge will offer opportunities to enjoy nature trails, environmental education, interpretation programs, workshops, and wildlife photography.


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is located 5 miles south of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • From Interstate 25 northbound/southbound, take Rio Bravo exit 220.  Head west on Rio Bravo.  Turn left (south) onto 2nd street.  Follow 2nd street 3.5 miles south to Refuge located on the right (west side) of 2nd street. 
  • Please park within Refuge property during your visit.

While exploring the refuge, we have a few safely precautions to keep in mind:

  • Stay on the roads.  Please drive slow and respect other road users.  Be mindful of farming efforts and wildlife. 
  • Keep dogs on a leash at all times.  Keeping your dog on a leash prevents them from startling sensitive wildlife on the refuge. 
  • Pick up after your dog.  Please bring your own clean up bags yourself.  Leaving your dog’s waste severely contaminates the water after rains.  All storm water drains into the Rio Grande River—keep our river clean! 
  • If you see something unlawful, please contact the Refuge Manager. Take note of the date, time, and location of the unlawful activity.  Call 505-248-6667. 
  • For all emergencies please dial 911.  For non-emergencies contact Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department 505-798-7000.
Page Photo Credits — Black-faced ibis flock / Steve Valasek ©
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2015
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