Visitor Activiities

Summer tanager /W. Radke ©, USFWS

Explore and enjoy Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge. 

Many visitors are drawn by the many colorful and sometimes rare bird species that visit or call the refuge home for a part of the year.  The varying elevations within the canyon make more excellent wildlife watching.

Wildlife Watching & Nature Trails:
The two-mile Leslie Canyon Trail will lead visitors through most every habitat type found on the refuge, including riparian-scrub, desert grassland and desert scrub.  At the north end of the trail, visitors can visit an abandoned mine site that includes a home and other infrastructure from a time when the canyon was still being mined. Look for the kiosk located at the trailhead.

* Please note that parking for the trail is parallel only on Leslie Canyon Road and that portions of the trail are closed during times of possible flooding.

Wildlife photography:  While there are no permanent photo blinds on the refuge, the natural landscape and numerous wetlands provide many opportunities for photographers to get some amazing photos.  Leslie Canyon’s amazing landscape and wildlife make it a favorite among nature photographers.


2020-2021 Hunt Regulations are now published!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities on national wildlife refuges for the 2020-2021 season. Hunting and sport fishing opportunities are authorized and provided on FWS-managed lands in accordance with federal, state, and tribal (where applicable) regulations and seasons. 

The FWS carried out a public review and comment period process on these proposed openings and expansions prior to the 2020-2021 hunting and sport fishing season. The final documents are available at the following website: 

For questions on hunting or sport fishing opportunities, regulations, and access, please contact the refuge.