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  • 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!


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. This time of year finds us with fewer volunteers and a lot of the refuge staff are out in the field. Scheduling an appointment in advance helps us provide you with the best service.

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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.

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  • Cibola Hunt Plan

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    Cibola National Wildlife Refuge is updating their General Hunt Plan and seeking public input. Review the news release for details.

    News Release 12/28/16
  • 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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Mountain scape view / USFWS, Coyote / USFWS, Treelined path / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©, Farming refuge crops / USFWS, Informational sign at trail head / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©, Visitor Center entrance / Oliver Davis ©, President Theodore Roosevelt portrait / USFWS, Desert Sidewinder / Greg Risdahl - USFWS
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2016
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