Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Coyote / USFWS

    A Desert Oasis

    Wildlife thrives in this environment where temperatures reach 120 degrees in the summer and the average rainfall is two inches per year.

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  • Treelined path / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

    Enjoy, Explore, Learn!

    Get outside and explore Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, managed for the benefit of wildlife and you.

    Recreational Opportunities

  • Farming refuge crops / USFWS

    Ancestral Home

    The Yuma Tribes of the Colorado River farmed the river‘s floodplain, which flooded annually depositing rich soils for crops.

    About the Refuge

  • Informational sign at trail head / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

    Where Wildlife Comes First

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!



US Fish and Wildlife encourages drivers to slow down and drive safely. With vehicle speed being a major factor in crashes and loss of life, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Officers will be conducting high-visible speed enforcement to promote traffic safety on Cibola National Wildlife Refuge.

History of Conservation

President Theodore Roosevelt portrait / USFWS

In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 53 federal reserves he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 26th president was a dedicated naturalist throughout his life and is considered by many to have been the country’s “Conservationist President.”

The Refuge System
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Visitor Center Hours & Scheduling

Visitor Center entrance / Oliver Davis ©

If you need to conduct business with the refuge or are planning to stop by the visitor center, you are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment. The Visitor Center is open during the winter (Nov 1st-Mar 14th) seven days a week, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm MST. In the summer months (Mar 15th-Oct 31st) the refuge has fewer volunteers and a lot of the refuge staff are out in the field. Call (928) 857-3253 for an appointment.

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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