Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • Enjoying a hiking trail / Jenny Davis ©

    Walk on the wild side!

    Enjoy wildlife watching and amazing views on one of Imperial’s hiking trails.

    Visitor Activities

  • First catch! / USFWS

    Meers Point Recreation Area

    Free boat ramp, accessible fishing dock and picnic tables. Not to mention, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and more!

    Fishing & Boating

  • Quad of Photo Gallery images / USFWS

    A Closer Look

    Enjoy images of wildlife you will find on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.

    View the Gallery

  • Bobcat / Henry Detwiler ©

    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!


Status of Operations

In keeping with guidance from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations of the Visitor Center. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public. Please visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.


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 Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.

Truly Wild

Vast landscape view / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

Of the nearly 26,000 acre Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, 15,000 are designated wilderness. The important designation helps ensure this amazing desert landscape is protected for future generations. Wilderness designation offers protection from logging or mining and prevents the construction of permanent roads, vehicles or structures.

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Get out into nature

Wilderness on Imperial NWR


Did you know Imperial National Wildlife Refuge includes 15,056 acres of designated wilderness?

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Featured Stories

Take a Hike!

Guided hikes explore the beauty of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge and the southwest Arizona desert. Hikes vary in length from about 1.25 to about 4.5 miles, and degrees of difficulty from easy to moderate. Sign up for hikes that fit your interest, desired level of challenge, and sense of adventure.

Guided Hike Schedule 2019-2020

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