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  • Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge cornfield / USFWS

    400 Years Later, Crops Come Full Circle

    By 2016, the use of all genetically modified crops (GMO’s) will be banned from national wildlife refuges. Our refuge has already done this!

    View This Link to Learn More . . .

  • Sunset on the water with cranes / Ryan Hagerty ©

    Thriving on the Refuge

    From a low of 17 individual cranes on the refuge in 1940, the wintering population of sandhills is up to 17,000.

    Rocky Mountain Sandhill Crane

  • Yucca view

    Wilderness Areas

    Bosque del Apache Refuge includes three designated wilderness areas: Chupadera Peak, Indian Wells & Little San Pasqual Wilderness Area.

    Designated by Congress

  • Coyote pup / Greg-Wright ©

    Get a Closer Look!

    Get up close and personal with some of the refuge's wild residents and the habitat they depend upon.

    Multimedia Gallery

  • American black bear / USFWS

    Fun Fact

    The color of black bears varies with most eastern bears' fur dark black but in the west they might be brown, cinnamon, or blond.


Vote For Us!

Waterfowl in flight / © Denise Ippolito

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is one of the nominees in the latest 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest! The refuge is one of 20 contenders for the Best Birdwatching category which is being promoted by USA TODAY. The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for a candidate of their choice within the link provided below. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, November 10, 2014! The winners will be announced on 10Best on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 and then later on USA TODAY.

Vote at 10Best USA TODAY


2014 Festival of the Cranes

2014 Festival of the Cranes design November 18, 2014

Make plans to attend the 27th Annual Festival of the Cranes, November 18-23, 2014 at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Over 100 Events will be offered including various workshops, guided tours, guest speakers, wildlife handlers, exhibitors, and a variety of activities for the entire family will be available to choose from! This year's Events' schedule can be viewed in the link below. Registration has already begun as of last month, September 2 and 3. Don't miss out on this unique Festival celebration! For more information, view Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge website' link below.

Annual Crane Festival, November 18-23, 2014

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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Enjoy the Fall and "LET'S ALL GO OUTSIDE!"

  • Refuge Wildlife Tours Resume!

    New Mexico State's bird, the Greater roadrunner with a meal / USFWS

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife Tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9:00 am, now through November. Make a reservation by calling (575) 835-1828 ext. 0 and then join our naturalists for a two and one-half hour tour in a 15 passenger van (maximum of eight people per tour). There is no charge for the Tour and provided transportation.

    Wildlife Tours Flyer
  • Canyon Hike during October!

    Javelina family

    Don't forget about our ongoing Canyon Hike throughout this month! Join us Saturday mornings for a free, two mile, round-trip canyon hike on Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Beginning at 8:15 am, you will explore a desert canyon and watch for wildlife on this refuge guided tour. For details, see the linked poster. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (575) 835-1828 and Zero to reach an operator.

    Saturday Morning Canyon Hike Poster
  • Come See The Birds!

    One sandhill crane in flight

    Mark your calendars for three special weekends this winter. The Intermittent Tour Road will be open to the public from noon Friday until noon Monday on the following weekends: Nov. 28 - Dec. 01, 2014; Dec. 26 - Dec. 29, 2014; and Jan. 16 - Jan. 19, 2015.

Page Photo Credits — Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge corn field / USFWS, Sunset on the water with cranes / © Ryan Hagerty, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, Coyote pup / © Greg Wright, American black bear / USFWS, Waterfowl in flight / © Denise Ippolito, Greater roadrunner, New Mexico State Bird, Javelina family / refuge remote camera, USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2014
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