Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.



Building Trust on the Trail

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San Diego recreationists, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service come together to heal Mother Miguel Mountain. This story is featured on the Pacific Southwest Region's homepage. Read the story by clicking the link below:

Building Trust on the Trail

John Martin and Quino highlighted

November 20, 2019 quino on pentachaeta by spring strahm

A San Diego Reader reporter visited the refuge recently with biologist John Martin to cover the plight of endangered Quino checkerspot butterflies and many other insects. Read his article!

San Diego's Changing Bugs

Southern Border Fuels Project


Riparian habitat in the Sweetwater River to be enhanced as a result of a multiple year project to control nonnative invasive plants. The project will improve habitat quality and reduce fire risk on approximately 242 acres along the Sweetwater River within the San Diego NWR. Work is scheduled to begin on December 20, 2019.

Southern Border Fuels Project

Final EA completed for new parking lot

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The new 43-space parking lot, with 5 pull-through trailer spaces, will start construction in Fiscal Year 2020. It will support pedestrian, equestrian, and mountain bike users of the Refuge's Sweetwater River Trail, as well as volunteer and environmental education programs. Read here for more information and the recently completed Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI.

New Visitor Parking Area Planned
We are an Urban Refuge

The SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project

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On August 13, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director Dan Ashe announced a new $1M annual award for the SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project. This effort spans across the San Diego NWR Complex, Los Angeles, and the Hopper Mountain NWR Complex in Ventura. The project connects urban audiences with nature in their backyards, and engages Southern California communities and youth in wildlife conservation.

SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project

About the Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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