Visit Us

Our lobby is open to the public and features informational displays describing the work we do and profiles on some of the fish species held on station. Our laboratories and other work areas are not generally open for tours so we encourage groups to email or call to pre-arrange a tour. 


Portions of the facility, beyond the interior boundary, are open to public access and bird hunting during certain periods of the year. The station currently follows New Mexico’s shooting hours which are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset. Requirements are a valid New Mexico Hunting License and staying within the designated hunting areas. More information can be found from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish


Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources and Recovery Center
7116 Hatchery RoadDexter,NM88230-9608
Driving Directions

From Roswell: 

  • Take Highway 285 south 
  • Turn off onto Hwy 2 (Dexter/Hagerman), five miles outside of Roswell 
  • Follow Hwy 2 for 12 miles into Dexter, NM 
  • Continue on NM 190/Shawnee Rd across the railroad tracks 
  • 1/2 mile from the railroad tracks turn right into the Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources and Recovery Center 

From Artesia: 

  • Take Highway 285 north 
  • Turn off onto HWY 2 and follow for 21 miles 
  • Turn right onto Shoshoni rd. and follow for 1.8 miles 
  • Turn right onto NM-190 
  • Take the next right into the Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources and Recovery Center  
Field Station Hours
6:30 am - 4 pm