Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.


  • Blackbirds / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    eBird Observation Entries

    Let us know what birds you have seen at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Link below includes the most recent sightings.

    Recent bird sightings at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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    For Wildlife & You

    The refuge uses many different tools to actively manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife, habitat, and you.

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    Wilderness Units

    Bosque del Apache Refuge includes three designated wilderness units: Chupadera Peak, Indian Well & Little San Pasqual Wilderness Units.

    Designated by Congress

Other Information

Entrance Fees Temporarily Suspended

After careful consideration, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has directed national wildlife refuges to temporarily suspend the collection of all entrance fees until further notice. Refuge lands and outdoor spaces remain open to the public where it is currently possible to adhere to public health guidance. In an effort to support social distancing, facilities such as visitor centers, however, will be closed. We urge visitors to do their part when visiting the refuge to follow CDC guidance by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other people; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Thank you and enjoy the refuge.

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Online eBird Observation Entries

Great horned owl / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

As you plan your visit to the Middle Rio Grande Valley and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, you may be interested in which species of birds have been observed in the area. The citizen science site is a great resource for up-to-date bird sighting lists. As you explore the site, you may uncover a trove of other useful information about birds and bird sightings that will allow you to predict which bird species you may see on the refuge during a given season.

Online eBird Observation Entries

Did You Know?

A fossil of a crane was found in Nebraska that is estimated to be nearly 10 million years old. This makes cranes one of the oldest known species of birds in existence today.

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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2020 Youth Turkey Hunting Opportunity

Online Drawing for 2020 Youth Turkey Hunts


Registration for the 2020 Youth Turkey Hunt has closed. Successfully drawn applicants will be notified the week of March 15, 2020.

More information and Online Registration


Visitor Center Hours

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September through May, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's visitor center and nature store hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Maps and information are also available at the visitor center entryway. Visitor Center and Nature Store Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June, July, and August.

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS