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Visitors on the Refuge / © Deanna NicholsWelcome to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge!

The refuge is open year round during daylight hours (8 am - to 5 pm).  No entrance fees are required.  The entrance gate is timed to open at 8 am and close at 5 pm seven days a week. 

We offer quarterly special events which will be posted on our Events Calendar.  If you are interested in scheduling a visit to the refuge, please contact the Refuge Manager.

At this time we don't have a Visitor Center; however we do offer parking, Porta potty's, and an information Kiosk.

Check back to this site routinely, as Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge will offer opportunities to enjoy nature trails, environmental education, interpretation programs, workshops, and wildlife photography.


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is located 5 miles south of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Physical address of the Refuge is: 7851 2nd. St. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105.

  • From Interstate 25 northbound/southbound, take Rio Bravo exit 220.  Head west on Rio Bravo.  Turn left (south) onto 2nd street.  Follow 2nd street 3.5 miles south to Refuge located on the right (west side) of 2nd street. 
  • Please park within Refuge property during your visit.

For visual directions to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, please view the interactive map.

While exploring the refuge, we have a few safely precautions to keep in mind:

  • Stay on the roads.  Please drive slow and respect other road users.  Be mindful of farming efforts and wildlife. 
  • Keep dogs on a leash at all times.  Keeping your dog on a leash prevents them from startling sensitive wildlife on the refuge. 
  • Pick up after your dog.  Please bring your own clean up bags yourself.  Leaving your dog’s waste severely contaminates the water after rains.  All storm water drains into the Rio Grande River—keep our river clean! 
  • If you see something unlawful, please contact the Refuge Manager. Take note of the date, time, and location of the unlawful activity.  Call 505-248-6667. 
  • For all emergencies please dial 911.  For non-emergencies contact Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department 505-798-7000.
Page Photo Credits — Visitors on the Refuge / © Deanna Nichols
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2016
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