Plan Your Visit

Young visitors enjoying the view of a Refuge lake/Patti Hoban

Welcome to Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge!


Visitor Center:
Hours: 7:30 AM to 4 PM Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.  Due to a smaller staff, our refuge office and Visitor Center may be closed during some of these hours, when employees are in the field. You may call (575) 375-2331, Ext. 200, before coming to the refuge to assure that a staff member is available to assist you.

The Visitor Center provides educational information and displays, brochures, restrooms, a drinking fountain and more.  When the Visitor Center is closed, a welcome kiosk next to the driveway provides maps, bird checklists, and other helpful information.

Refuge Roads and Trails:  
The six mile network of gravel roads that crisscross the refuge are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Please note that weather or other conditions may require a road closure.  Stop by the Visitor Center to find out more about what is happening on the trails and roads that might affect your visit.  Vault toilets are always open at the entrance road to Lake 13.

When To Visit: 
Early morning and dusk are the best times to see wildlife.  Any time of year offers excellent opportunities to see wildlife on the refuge!

What To Bring:
Binoculars                                                   Spotting scopes
Cameras                                                     Telephoto lens
Field Guides (especially for birds)               Fishing gear
Sunscreen                                                   Layered clothing
Water                                                           Snacks 

The refuge is about a 30 minute drive from the closest town where gas, food and beverages can be found.

Click here for directions.