Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center: During the winter season, November through the second week of March, the refuge headquarters are open every day, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Arizona time. During the rest of the year, we ask that if you plan on making a visit to the refuge, be sure to call us, (928-857-3253) before you arrive. This way, we can ensure that there will be a staff member, or volunteer that will be ready to assist you. Our reverse osmosis system for the visitor center bathrooms, is currently experiencing difficulties. If you need to use these services, we do have restrooms at the start of the Cornfield nature trail, located approximately .5 miles from the visitor center, and on the way to the Goose Loop Auto Tour.
Once you are at the visitor center, a friendly member of our refuge staff, or volunteer team will provide you with maps, brochures and checklists and let you know what's happening on the refuge. Observing our display cases will allow you to become better at wildlife identification when you decide to visit the refuge.
Enjoying the Refuge:Cibola National Wildlife Refuge offers wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities, including wildlife observation, hiking, hunting, fishing and wildlife photography. We hope that you enjoy this public resource to the best of your ability. However, we ask that you enjoy within the proper boundaries that have been posted by our refuge staff. It is important to remember that ignoring a sign that reads "No Public Entry", puts both you and the wildlife we work so hard to provide habitat for, in jeopardy. Directions: If you are coming from Blythe, CA or Quartzsite, AZ:
If you are coming from Yuma, AZ:
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