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 for construction through the end of 2021.

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


 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). 

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.