Plan Your Visit

Refuge lake / USFWS

Welcome to Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge's nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, which are open and accessible to the public!

Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuges:
Headquarters for the Las Vegas, Rio Mora, and Maxwell National Wildlife Refuges. 

The Refuge' Visitor Center is currently closed out of caution to ensure health and safety to our visitors.

Please read our Agency' COVID-19 Announcement Letter.

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.

Visitor Center / USFWS The Refuge will be having the parking lot at the Visitor Center repaved and new sidewalks added beginning March 31 to the end of June, 2021. Access to the Visitor Center and the Meadowlark Trail should open for the entirety of the work except for one or two days when the front entrance is repaved. Contact is Chris Lohrengel at, (505) 398-6122. 

Due to a smaller staff, our Refuge Office 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 at the lower headquarters parking lot (including after hours). 

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.