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Rules and Regulations

Riparian area on the refuge  / © Gina DelloRussoIn order to protect the integrity of refuge lands, there are certain rules and regulations that must be adhered to when visiting. Activities not expressly permitted are prohibited. If you have any questions, please check with refuge staff at the visitor center.

  • Pet regulations are strictly enforced so please make sure you are familiar with the pet policy. 
  • Pits or permanent blinds are prohibited. 
  • Bicycles are permitted seasonally on the auto tour loop. Please see our Bicycle section for more information. 
  • We do not allow unpermitted access in closed areas. Please observe signs.
  • The speed limit on the auto tour loop is 25 mph.
  • Camping and overnight parking on the refuge are prohibited.
  • Help protect resources. All plants, wildlife, and cultural features on the refuge are protected and it is illegal to remove them.
  • Open fires are prohibited.
  • Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is illegal and subject to a fine. 
  • Do not feed wildlife.  The digestive systems of wild animals are adapted to food found in nature and human food could cause them to become ill. When fed, wildlife might also become bold and aggressive. Never approach a wild animal no matter how “friendly” it appears. Note, it is illegal to feed wildlife on the refuge and subject to a fine.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations. 
Page Photo Credits — Riparian area on the refuge  / © Gina DelloRusso
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016
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