Pelican at the refuge / USFWS

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it? Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is approximately 40 miles north of Yuma, AZ, and includes land on both the Arizona and California sides of the Colorado River. To get here, Take Highway 95 north from Yuma, or Highway 95 south from Quartzite. Turn west onto Martinez Lake Road located between mile markers 46 and 47. Continue on Martinez Lake Road for approximately 10 miles. Turn north onto Red Cloud Mine Road. Follow the brown signs for 3 miles to the Refuge and Visitor Center.

When was it established? 1941.

How big is it? 25,768 acres.

Why is it here? Imperial National Wildlife Refuge was established as a refuge and breeding area for migratory birds and other wildlife.

Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed on the refuge but they must remain on a leash unless being used for lawful hunting purposes. Service animals are welcome.

Can I bring and release wildlife on the refuge? Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is illegal and subject to a fine.