About the Refuge

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Located on the High Plains of eastern New Mexico, the 3,236-acre Grulla National Wildlife Refuge consists mostly of a shallow lake – Salt Lake.


The Spanish word for ‘crane,’ Grulla was officially established as a National Wildlife Refuge when the lands were transferred from the Bureau of Land Management in 1969.  The refuge is a protected roost site for lesser sandhill cranes and provides quality winter habitat for migratory waterfowl.  It is managed for the benefit of wildlife and is open to the public for wildlife watching and photography free of charge.
Grulla is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and water set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.