Wildlife & Habitat

Mule deer doe with twin fawns / Remote wildlife camera, USFWS

Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge offers spectacular vistas of the Sandia Mountains, Vulcan volcano tubes and the lush Rio Grande Bosque.

Located on the east bank of the Rio Grande, the refuge is seven miles south of downtown Albuquerque. The 570 acres of refuge land is currently an alfalfa field that is being farmed and sold as feed for horses and livestock. The refuge will continue to be a working farm for the next few years as site planning continues, however, the long grasses and irrigation ditches that cross-hatch the site are an attractive spot for wildlife, especially ground-nesting birds, grassland species, geese, cranes (in the winter) and various wading birds in the ditches and fields during irrigation.

The restoration of native habitats will begin within the next few years with an expansion of the Bosque habitat into the refuge, the creation of wetlands and the regrowth of naturally occurring grasses and brushland. These different habitats within a small area will create rich opportunities for diverse wildlife viewing.

Bird checklist for Refuge and surrounding Bosque.