Northern New Mexico National Wildlife RefugesHeadquarters for the Las Vegas, Rio Mora, and Maxwell National Wildlife Refuges. The hours, when staff are available, are: Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am-4:30 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.Here, the friendly staff and volunteers will let you know what's happening on the refuge. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted. Due to a smaller staff, our refuge office and Visitor Center may be closed during some of the designated hours, as employees are in the field. You may call 505-425-3581, before coming to the refuge, to assure that a staff member is available. Accessible restrooms are available to the public, including after hours at the lower headquarters parking lot.
Enjoying the Refuge:The refuge trails are open all year during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset). No entrance fee is required. Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge offers wildlife-dependent activities, including wildlife watching, hunting, hiking, wildlife photography, special events and educational and interpretive programs.
Directions: The refuge is located about six miles southeast of Las Vegas, New Mexico. From Interstate 25, take exit #345 and then turn east on State Highway 104 for one and a half miles. Turn south on State Highway 281 for about four miles and follow the signs to the refuge headquarters. The lat/long for the refuge’s headquarters is 35.508282, -105.167123.
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One way to distinguish the long-billed dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) from other shorebirds is by how they feed – like a sewing machine! The shorebird quickly probes into the refuge’s mud flats with its long bill, sometimes to the point of sticking their head in the mud. Like many other migratory birds, they are dependent on the habitat at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge during their long migration that extends as far north as Alaska and as far south as the Yucatan Peninsula.