Canada geese with chicks / USFWS

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it? The refuge is six miles southeast of the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

When was it established? 1965.

How big is it? 8,672 acres.

Why is it here? The refuge is here to provide wintering and migration habitat for ducks,geese, and sandhill cranes of the Central Flyway, as well as other migratory bird species.

What can I do there? Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including wildlife watching and photography, hunting and environmental education/interpretive programs and special events.

Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times.

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

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge's current, 2017 Fact Sheet.