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San Andres National Wildlife Refuge

Mountain lion on the refuge / K. Cobble, 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 Headquarters:
The refuge office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm (MDT). 

This is where the business of the refuge is conducted.  Come by and get your Blue Goose Passport Book stamped.  Our complex is closed on weekends and federal holidays.  Before coming to the headquarters, visitors are encouraged to call in advance or make an appointment in case refuge staff are off site. 

Currently, our refuge does not have a Visitor Center, Gift Shop, or public facilities; but only the administrative office.  The office does display a photo exhibit; have a small supply of give-away brochures, coloring books, bookmarks, etc.; and a few interactive games to test your skill while visiting our office.  With a proposed, office building enlargement in the future, we hope to be able to offer visitor outreach for our area.
Refuge Lands:
San Andres National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the general public 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 itself is about an hour east of the 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 can not 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 open to all, view our Visitor Activities page. 

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 headquarter's 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.

Page Photo Credits — Mountain lion female on the refuge / K. Cobble, USFWS
Last Updated: Nov 03, 2014
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