Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Refuge Specific Closures

The refuge has temporarily changed operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Some areas are closed to the public.

Refuge Alerts

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

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.

Frequent Flyer Miles

Change in Operations

Desert Cottontail

Bosque del Apache has temporarily changed its operations as of June 26, 2020 in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Please check the Refuge Alerts for updates.

Refuge Alerts

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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