Visitor Activities

Family enjoying Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge / USFWS

The gates of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge are open 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset daily.  Enjoy opportunities to view wildlife.

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. Monday through Friday 8:30am-4pm, Saturday 8:30 A.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.