Yellow-headed Blackbird on Cattails

Observe the natural wonders of the Refuge by driving, hiking, or biking the Wildlife Drive. Hike the Rio Grande and Bluff Nature trails. Observe the expansive view of the Rio Grande floodplains and surrounding mountains at the Bluff Overlook. The best time to view migratory water birds along the auto-tour route is from the beginning of April through early fall when the wetlands are flooded. Along the nature trails you will see a wide variety of habitats, from lush grasses to dense stands of willow, to towering cottonwood trees. See the Rio Grande Nature Trail brochurefor seasonal descriptions of the riparian riparian
Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.

Learn more about riparian
habitats and the wildlife you might see.
The Refuge Wildlife List provides information about nesting and seasonal abundance of birds and a listing of resident wildlife.