The Refuge is open to the public only from dawn to dusk.
The majority of the Refuge is designated as a wildlife sanctuary and closed to all public access.
The 3-mile AutoTour Route is open year round.
The 2-mile Rio Grande River Trail is open for hiking, biking year-round and, depending on snowfall, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing during winter months. Hikers and snowshoers are asked to be respectful of tracks set by skiers and to hike to the side. Pets must be under control at all times.
No fishing, overnight parking, camping or fires are allowed.
Horses, motorized trail bikes, and off-road vehicles are not permitted on Refuge roads or trails.
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Look for the striking plumage of these graceful birds. They sweep their bills side to side to find food in shallow ponds.