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    Free Guided Refuge Tours

    Join us on every weekend from November 29th, 2015 to February 28th, 2016 for a themed tour!

    Free Guided Tours:

  • 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

Hunting Opportunity

Youth Turkey Hunting Opportunity


Youth turkey hunting applications are now available. Click below for more information or call our hunt coordinator at (575) 517-6038

Youth Turkey Hunts

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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  • Visitor Center Hours

    Sandhill crane submerged

    Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's visitor center and nature store hours during September through May are: Daily – 8am to 4pm. Visit our Nature Store, receive a refuge guide, and see our informational displays! * Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the Fourth of July.

    Refuge's Upcoming Events
  • Band Number: 599-05468

    Sandhill crane / © Angela Dedrickson, USFWS

    This band was worn for 36 and a half years by a Rocky Mountain sandhill crane (RMSH). It is one of the oldest RMSHs known and the band it wore had limited wear for all that time in the wild. The bird was banded with its brood mate (a two-chick brood) on 29 June 1973, one mile north of Border, Wyoming on the Thomas Fork of the Bear River.

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Page Photo Credits — Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Sandhill crane submerged during brilliant sunset hues, Sandhill crane / © Angela Dedrickson, USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2016
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