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.


Features

  • Snow Geese /  © Steve Emmons, USFWS

    Refuge's 2021 Goose Hunting

    Canada goose, cackling goose, greater white-fronted goose, snow goose, and Ross’s goose hunting season to Begin! Apply by October 15th.

    Refuge's 2021 Goose Hunting News Release, Regulations, and Application

  • Visitor Center / USFWS

    Refuge's Visitor Center Closed

    Our Visitor Center is under construction for remodeling and is Closed through the end of 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • White-tailed buck / R. Larranaga, USFWS

    Trails, Scenic Drives, Overlook

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge offers nature trails from .5 miles to 1.75 miles, scenic drives, and an overlook observation deck.

    Wildlife Watching & Nature Trails

  • Pollinator "World of Color" poster / © Pollinator Partnership

    Printable Activity Pages to Try!

    We have provided Agency and partner links to a variety of coloring and activity pages for all to enjoy at home!

    Visitor Activities page

Your Support is Appreciated

Visitor Center Closed Due to Construction

Orange leaves blue sky / USFWS

The Refuge's Visitor Center will be closed until the new 2022 year. The building is under construction for remodeling. We appreciate your understanding and patience while improvements are being made.

Fun Printable Pages on Our Visitor Activities Page

Child drawing / © J.D. Sentry

Go to our Visitor Activities page for new coloring and activity sheets, and hands-on projects for any age to try! All can be done at Home!

Link to our Website's Visitor Activities Page

U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Announcement Letter

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending (closing) operations of the Visitor Center at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. 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. More information is available by calling 928-304-8995 or emailing debbie_pike@fws.gov.

Current Goose Hunt Season Begins!

Las Vegas Refuge's Goose Hunt Season Begins

Canada geese / USFWS

Public hunting for geese varieties, including Canada goose, cackling goose, greater white-fronted goose, snow goose, and Ross’s goose; will be allowed by Application on Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. Hunting is approved in a designated area. Applications must be post marked no later than October 15, 2021. Applicants will be selected for permits by random drawing. Each permit is valid for one day from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Permits may not be transferred or dates changed. See the refuge's 2021 Hunting Regulations, attached below, for specific hunt dates. First date begins November 16, with various dates up to December 14. Successful random drawn hunters will be notified by letter with further instructions the week of October 18th. Attached below are all the needed documents for detailed information and to apply. For Additional Information call: 928-304-8995.

Las Vegas Refuge's 2021 Goose Hunting Information and Application

Outdoor Trails Open

The Other Las Vegas - What Happens Here, Stays With You!

Fawn / USFWS

Come rejuvenate your soul by enjoying nature at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of New Mexico, Land of Enchantment! Enjoy hiking trails, an 8 mile scenic auto tour loop drive, and an observation deck lookout for wildlife watching. The views are magnificent at this beautiful Refuge! What happens here, you will want to share with Everyone!

Refuge' Trails and Observation Areas

e-Bird Sightings Recorded

On-line eBird Observation Entries

Northern shovelers male and female / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird website program is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to: https://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/eBird.org. Current entries at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, can be seen on our Wildlife & Habitat page, in the header section up above, and then open the left menu link titled: Report a Bird Sighting.

eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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