• Mountain lion near Refuge wildlife drinker / Refuge remote camera, USFWS

    Mountain Lion Presentation

    Everyone Welcome to attend a Presentation by graduate student Hunter Prude on "Mountain Lions of the Southwest." January 18th, 1-4 pm.

    Mountain Lion Presentation Flyer

  • Hiking Event / @ Joe Barker

    Refuge's New Calendar Year Events

    A variety of hikes are being offered! The Refuge's Events are all free! Reservations may be needed. Call 505 864-4021. See Calendar.

    Calendar of Events

  • Father and son hunting / USFWS

    Refuge Hunting Season Has Started

    The Refuge's Hunting Season in the Rio Puerco Unit and Sevilleta Units A and B opened September 1! View the Hunt Fact Sheets below.

    Refuge's 2019 - 2020 Hunt Unit Fact Sheets

  • Mule deer buck teeth grinning / Refuge remote camera, USFWS

    Visit The Refuge Monday to Saturday

    Sevilleta's Visitor Center and entrance gate are open 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday to SATURDAY.

    Plan Your Visit page

  • American kestrel / USFWS

    eBird Observation Entries

    Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings. You can enter your bird sightings also!

    eBird Daily Observations


Friends Group Annual Meeting With Lion Presentation

January 18, 2020 Mountain Lion close-up / Refuge remote wildlife camera, USFWS

Please join the Amigos de la Sevilleta at our Annual Meeting, January 18, 2020 from 1-4 pm. Enjoy food, conversation, and a talk by Hunter Prude, a graduate student at New Mexico State University. Hunter will present an overview of mountain lion ecology in the southwest, including his research on the diversity found in lion diets in southwestern New Mexico and the influence of man-made water sources on lion behavior and predation. Members and non-members are welcome. Presentation will be at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center. (Directions: Take Exit 169 off of I-25.)

Flyer - Friends Group Annual Meeting and Mountain Lion Presentation

Upcoming Hiking Events

January 24, 2020 Refuge Horseback Riding Event / © Clifford Carter

●West Side Tour - Friday, January 24 from 8:45 am – 4 pm. Great tour for your first time on Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge! Join Refuge staff and naturalist on the exploration of Cerritos de las minas area on Sevilleta. Grab your hiking boots, hats, binoculars, and lunch for this journey. The hike will be approximately 5 miles over uneven surfaces, in arroyos, and up hills. This is a great opportunity to see parts of the refuge that you cannot otherwise see. Seating is limited, reservations are required. ●Full Moon Hike on Sunday, February 9 from 5 pm – 9 pm. The desert comes alive at night! Join Amigos de la Sevilleta Volunteer Naturalist on this evening hike to take in the beauty of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge under the full moon. Approximately a 4-mile moderate to strenuous hike over uneven surface, in arroyos and up hills. No reservations required for this hike. Meet at the Visitor Center. ●Sevilleta by Horseback on Friday, March 6 at 9 am – 3 pm. Join us for a guided horseback exploration of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge! Enjoy the breath-taking views from your saddle while learning some fascinating facts about the diverse landscape of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Load up your horse, saddle, water, and lunch. Dress for the weather. Space is limited so make your reservations now! Directions to meeting place will be provided in a confirmation phone call a few days before event. ●Once upon a Time: A Ranch – Lecture. Saturday, March 28 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Spanish colonizers brought livestock with them; thus began the first grazing on land that is now Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Livestock have left marks on this beautiful landscape – scattered wells, line shacks, fence posts, a rock cairn, etc. Join us for a presentation placing local livestock raising in the context of the western United States cattle industry up through the Campbell Family ranch that became Sevilleta. ●Once upon a time: A Ranch- Field tour on Saturday, April 4 from 9 am - 3 pm. This tour will highlight the Ranching history of Sevilleta. Reservations are required, call 505/864-4021.

Trails and Visitor Center Now Open Monday to Saturday!

Gunnisons looking up / USFWS

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center and front gate's open hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through SATURDAY Now! The Refuge' public trails are open sunrise to sunset. You are allowed to park at the entry gate and walk in to enjoy the trails when the Visitor Center and gate are not open. Restroom facilities are available at the Visitor Center during open hours.

Plan Your Visit
Refuge Hunting Began September 1st!

Sevilleta's 2019 - 2020 Hunting Season Open Now to February 13, 2020

Girl hunting pheasant / USFWS

The refuge's Rio Puerco Hunt Unit and Sevilleta Hunt Units A and B opened September 1, 2019. The Hunt Season runs through February 13th. Please see the Units' Hunt Fact Sheets below for the various game bird and waterfowl species hunt season dates.

Refuge Hunting Seasons' Unit Fact Sheets

Refuge Trails Guide with Current Map

Trails Guide and Map

Cottontail on trail / M. Weisenberger, USFWS

See the Refuge's most recent Trails Guide with updated Map!

Sevilleta's Updated June 2018 Trails Guide

The Beauty of the Refuge Through the Seasons

Refuge Flowers Field Guide -

Evening primrose / © Sheryl M. Mayfield

Showcasing Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center's Vast Colors! Enjoy the detailed 53 page pamphlet linked below, which identifies various native flowers and flowering plants seen along the trails around the refuge's Visitor Center. Photographs and drawings of flowering plants are categorized by petal color. Cacti and tree flowers are also included. (The pamphlet guide may take a moment to load and open.)

Field Guide to Flowers / © Sheryl M. Mayfield

Thank You For Your Support!

Our Final Compatibility Determinations are Complete

Wildlife photographers on refuge / USFWS

The Refuge's previously reviewed, draft Compatibility Determinations (CDs) have been finalized, following last July's period of public comments. The refuge's CDs on Fishing, Cemetery Visitation, Recreation Use in San Lorenzo Canyon, Research, Interpretation, Special Events, Wildlife Photography, and Wildlife Observation have all been finalized and can be viewed in the link below. We thank you for your interest in Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge!

Refuge's Completed Compatibility Determinations (CDs)

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.

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