Plan Your Visit

Visitors on the Refuge / © Deanna Nichols

Welcome to Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge!


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is extending its year-round open hours. Based on community comment, Refuge lands will now be open to public access 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset daily. The new hours went into effect June 1, 2018. Visitors to the Refuge can now enjoy the dawn chorus of birds singing, great sunset photos of the Sandia Mountains, and prime fishing along the riverside ditch all during the cooler parts of the day.

Hours for the Refuge Welcome Center will remain the same. The Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Thursday and Saturday 8:30a.m. to Noon. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Center to learn about the history of the Refuge, upcoming events, and updates on habitat restoration and other projects. The Center also has an up to date list of recent wildlife that has been sighted on the Refuge.

There is no entrance fee for the Refuge. All activities and events, including parking, are free and family friendly.

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.

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

  •  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.   

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 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.
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