Trails, Scenic Drives, Overlook
Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge offers nature trails from .5 miles to 1.75 miles, scenic drives, and an overlook observation deck.
Wildlife Watching & Nature Trails
eBird Trail Tracker
Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings.
eBird Trail Tracker
Las Vegas is Spanish for ‘The
Meadows,’ an appropriate name for a high plains refuge blanketed in short and
short-grass prairie, playa lakes, woodlots, wetlands & crop fields offer
excellent wildlife watching year round.
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge' Website
Rio Mora Refuge
4,200-acre refuge and conservation area promote the protection of private
working ranches via conservation easements.
Rio Mora Refuge' Website
Come rejuvenate your soul by enjoying the peaceful beauty of nature at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of New Mexico, Land of Enchantment! Enjoy hiking trails, an 8 mile scenic auto tour loop drive, and an observation deck lookout for wildlife watching. The views are magnificent at this beautiful Refuge! What happens here, you will want to share with Everyone!Refuge' Trails and Observation Areas
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
Our Partners Get Involved!
Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge is fortunate to have a dedicated Friends Group that provides continual support! The Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge manage a variety of events at the refuge, the refuges within the Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and in the neighboring community. For more information on the Friends Group, to assist the Group as a Volunteer, and/or to become a Friends' Member, please visit their website link from the page below. Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird Trail Tracker is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/ eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
Urban Refuges, such as Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, make it easier for All People to Get their ‘Nature Fix.’ With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made it a priority to forge a connection between nature and urban communities. We are doing that in many ways, including our Urban Refuges, our Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships, and our Urban Bird Treaties. We consistently reach out to people who may be unfamiliar with or uncomfortable in the wild through programs to help people get the most out of our wildlife. The Visitors Services Manager for Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Las Vegas, Rio Mora and Maxwell National Wildlife Refuges) continually works for this goal to introduce more and more people to the outdoors, nature, and wildlife.USFWS Open Spaces
One way to distinguish the long-billed dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) from other shorebirds is by how they feed – like a sewing machine! The shorebird quickly probes into the refuge’s mud flats with its long bill, sometimes to the point of sticking their head in the mud. Like many other migratory birds, they are dependent on the habitat at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge during their long migration that extends as far north as Alaska and as far south as the Yucatan Peninsula.
Page Photo Credits Canyon view down to the Gallinas River / USFWS, White-tailed buck / R. Larranaga, USFWS, Harrier hawk / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Refuge grasslands / USFWS, Mule deer does / © Jenny and Oliver Davis, Buffalo cow with calves / © Jenny and Oliver Davis, Red-tailed hawk perched on refuge fence post / USFWS, Northern shovelers male and female / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Long-billed dowitcher / © Cyndi Souza, USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2016