Rules and Regulations

Road sign warning of turtles on the road/USFWS

Please keep the following rules in mind as you enjoy Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.


  • For public safety and habitat protection, honor all refuge "AREA CLOSED" boundary signs. 
  • Please stay on designated trails and obey posted signs.  The refuge trails are open sunrise to sunset. 
  • Only drive on designated roads.  No off-road driving.
  • The refuge is open year round during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset).  The refuge gate hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  You are allowed to park at the entry gate and walk in, when before 8:00 am, or after 4:30 pm to enjoy the sunrise and sunset period.  
  • Pets must be on a leash or under control.
  • Visitors are prohibited from being under the influence of intoxicating beverages or controlled substances.
  • Pits or permanent blinds are prohibited.
  • Use caution when walking on roads.  Yield to approaching vehicles.
  • Observe wildlife from a safe distance.  Young animals should be left alone.
  • Help protect resources.  All plants, wildlife, and cultural features on the refuge are protected and it is illegal to remove them.
  • Fishing is prohibited on Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.
  • We do not allow canoeing, boating, floating, swimming or wading in the Rio Grande within the refuge. 
  • Hunting in designated areas only.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law.  Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations while hunting in designated hunt areas.
  • We do not allow the public to operate unmanned aerial systems (drones) on the refuge. 
  • Open fires prohibited except for at San Lorenzo Canyon, please see https://nmfireinfo.com/ for restrictions. 
  • San Lorenzo Canyon is jointly managed by Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Follow BLM rules and regulations for camping on public lands.