San Andres National Wildlife Refuge

San Andres Blue Goose Passport Stamp / USFWS


"That which we allow to exist, to flourish freely according to its own rhythms, is superior to anything our little hands create." 


     - William Powers


Refuge Lands:
San Andres National Wildlife Refuge is Closed to the Public with restricted access for safety and security concerns due to its location. The refuge is completely surrounded by the 2.2 million-acre White Sands Missile Range, the largest military installation in the United States and a military weapons testing facility. The refuge lands' boundaries are located to the east of the administrative office. 

* Please note: Cameras are prohibited on all areas of White Sands Missile Range, other than at their public museum which is located at their main headquarters entrance. Because the refuge is encompassed within the Missile Range's lands, we cannot allow permits to individuals or professional photographers to access the refuge. Our refuge staff has provided numerous photographs throughout our public website to bring San Andres National Wildlife Refuge to you. 

For a magnificent view of the San Andres Mountain Range, visit the interpretive kiosk at San Augustine Pass on Highway 70 (south side) between Las Cruces and Alamogordo. For information on public lands in our area that are easily accessible, view our Visitor Activities page.
Interagency Kiosk at San Augustine pull-out / K. Cobble, USFWS

Refuge Headquarters:
Public access to the refuge's administration office and visitor contact site is being temporarily suspended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our visitors.

The refuge' public entrance into the office is currently closed out of caution to ensure health and safety to our visitors.

Please see our Agency' COVID-19 Announcement Letter.

The refuge office is located a distance from the refuge boundaries, with a minimum 45 minute one way drive to reach the refuge. Any access onto the refuge is by refuge staff escort onlyAccess onto the refuge is restricted for public safety and security precautions.

The refuge office is where the business of the refuge is conducted. The attached link has our Refuge' Blue Goose Passport Book stamp.

Currently, our refuge does not have a Visitor Center, Gift Shop, or public facilities; but only the administrative office.

Directions:
The refuge office is located 10 miles east of the I-25 and Highway 70 intersection, at Las Cruces, New Mexico. Highway 70 is Exit 6 off of I-25. The office building and headquarters' complex is on the north side of Highway 70, after you take a right off of Highway 70 onto the Brahman Rd. Exit. When heading east on Highway 70, from the Brahman Rd. Exit, you do a complete left turn going under the highway overpass and you will be on the parallel frontage road-Bataan Memorial West. Continue coming down west, on the frontage road, to the third street on your right. This street is Santa Gertrudis Dr. (it is marked with a green, metal street sign). Our office complex is on the corner of Santa Gertrudis Dr. and the Bataan Memorial West frontage road with our entrance gate facing west on Santa Gertrudis Dr. 

The lat/long to the office is 32.411800, -106.639920.