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Rules and Regulations

Road sign warning of turtles on the road/USFWSPlease 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.
  • Possession or use of alcohol is prohibited on the refuge.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Open fires prohibited except for at San Lorenzo Canyon, please see 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.
Page Photo Credits — Caution Sign for turtles on the Road/USFWS, Gunnison's prairie dogs / © Jeremy Stein, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2016
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