Visitor Activities

Elk herd at dusk / USFWS

Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge is Making Improvements For You!


Wildlife observation and photography are conducted along the Loma Parda County Road and State Highway 161. Public access is limited to the county road, state highway, and special events on refuge that include five organized guided hikes offered throughout the year. Wildlife observation and photography are permitted during organized events, and will be permitted on the proposed hiking trail once completed. A 2-mile round trip hiking trail (overlooking the Mora River) will be coming soon, this summer / fall 2021.

The refuge's federal roads project is scheduled for November 2020 to July, 2021 to rehabilitate numerous areas within the refuge. Projects for rehabilitation include: the entrance road and the gravel, chat, boulders, information kiosk, and picnic table for the trail. Once these projects are completed, Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge will be open to the public. We appreciate your patience. 

Environmental education and interpretation tours and activities can be arranged for participants accompanied by Service staff and/or one of our on-site partners: New Mexico Highlands University and Pueblo of Pojoaque staff. 

To learn more, please contact the refuge.