National Wildlife Refuge
|5686 Santa Gertrudis Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88012 - 6417
Phone Number: 575-382-5047
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|Agave bloom at the base of San Andres Mountain.|
The Refuge conducts public outreach programs in order to provide information to local communities. Outreach activities include scheduling periodic educational and scientific group tours of the Refuge, setting up displays at local and statewide fairs, and providing programs to local schools and interest groups.
Fish populations do not exist on the Refuge.
The Refuge has a seasonal hunt program to control the population of a non-native antelope. The oryx or Gemsbok (Oryx gazella), an antelope species native to southern Africa, was released on White Sands Missile Range in the late 1960's and has expanded its range throughout southcentral New Mexico. The Refuge is currently working to reduce the oryx population within its boundaries by conducting population reduction hunts in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
The Refuge does not have a Visitor Center. Limited information publications are available at the Refuge headquarter's office located just outside the city limits of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Refuge also has a public Web site.
The Refuge is closed to the public but the Bureau of Land Management has accessible public hiking, picnicking, and scenic areas near the Organ Mountains which are located just to the south of the San Andres Mountain range. For more information on these public recreational areas, please contact the Bureau of Land Management office at: 575-525-4300.
Photography is not permitted within the boundaries of White Sands Missile Range except by authorized personnel. Therefore, personally owned cameras are not allowed on the Refuge.
The public is welcome to drop by the Refuge headquarter's office Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm MST. The office is closed weekends and Holidays. We recommend calling the Refuge office prior to visiting to assure that a staff member is in. The Refuge office phone number is: 575-382-5047.
Visitation to the Refuge is limited to pre-arranged, special interest group tours and scientific or educational projects due to security concerns with White Sands Missile Range.
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