Visitor Activities

Common yellowthroat/W. Radke

Explore and enjoy San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge.

Many visitors are drawn to the refuge by the colorful and sometimes rare bird species seen here.  The many wetlands provide fresh water for a diversity of wildlife found in the otherwise arid Chihuahuan Desert.

Wildlife Watching & Nature Trails:
The Black Draw Trail leads visitors through every habitat type found on the refuge. The 2.2-mile long trail includes wetlands, desert grassland, mesquite bosque (forest) and more. There is an observation deck on the overlook at the west mesa and interpretive panels at various locations along the trail. The trail can be accessed at the main entrance gate or from Slaughter Ranch.
* Please note that portions of the trail are closed during times of possible flooding.

Wildlife photography:
While there are no permanent photo blinds on the refuge, the natural landscape and numerous wetlands provide many opportunities for photographers to get some amazing photos.  San Bernardino’s amazing landscape and wildlife make it a favorite among nature photographers. 

All Hunting:

  • We allow only shotguns
  • We allow only non-toxic shot
  • We allow the use of retrieval dogs
  • We allow hunting during daylight hours only

Migratory game bird hunting:

  • We allow hunting of mourning and white-winged dove

Upland game hunting:

  • We allow hunting of gambel’s and scaled quail
  • We allow cottontail rabbit hunting

    Cottontail rabbit season opens on September 1 and closes, on refuge, the last day of the State quail season

Download the 2019 hunt map

Please contact the refuge to learn more about the hunt program.