Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Rainbow over Refuge / M. Weisenberger, USFWS

    Temporarily Closing Office Reception

    . . . to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors.

    Agency's COVID-19 Announcement

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    About the Refuge

    Wild places have value to us whether we can visit them or not. San Andres Refuge is one of those places, as it is Not Open to the Public.

    Learn More

  • Desert Bighorn Sheep close-up / USFWS

    Hunting Opportunity

    Occasional Big Game hunting opportunities within DOD White Sands Missile Range may allow escorted access onto San Andres Wildlife Refuge.

    Hunt Information

  • Black bear cooling off in wildlife water drinker, Refuge remote camera / USFWS

    Chihuahuan Desert Biome

    Our Refuge lies within the northern most extension of the Chihuahuan Desert. This habitat precludes any water recreation, such as fishing.

Appreciate Your Support!

They Need You

Bat species / Refuge remote camera, USFWS

Help Pollinators - our bats, hummingbirds, bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, and flies. They need support from all of us! A few projects you can do at home to benefit a variety of pollinators, include: Planting a Pollinator Garden with a diversity of colorful, nectar and pollen producing flowers. Place the Garden away from roadways to prevent butterflies and moths from coming in contact with vehicles. Build a bee nesting block and a bat house. Do not harm bats out of fear and false myths. Avoid and/or limit pesticide use. Pesticides can kill more than the intended, nuisance pest. Some pesticide residues harm pollinators for several days after the pesticide is applied. Pollinators, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife. Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population. Pollinating animals are vital to our delicate ecosystem and positively affect all of our lives.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pollinators page
Caution for Your Well-being

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announcement Letter

In keeping with guidance from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending (closing) operations of the visitor contact site at the administrative headquarters of San Andres National Wildlife Refuge. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands remain restricted by White Sands Missile Range and are not open for recreation. Please visit refuge information kiosks at the San Augustin Pass pullout on Highway 70 for refuge information. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available. More information is available by calling 575-202-8138.

Introducing San Andres National Wildlife Refuge To You!

Bringing San Andres National Wildlife Refuge to You

Desert bighorn sheep ewe with lamb / © Christina Rodden, DOD-WSMR

Our public website strives to bring the scenic beauty of San Andres National Wildlife Refuge to you. The refuge has restricted access due to its location within a military installation. See the link below for details.

Refuge's location, restricts access.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS