Northward migration: underway!

A lot of bird movement is happening at Bosque del Apache right now! Cranes, ducks, and geese are still being observed around the tour loop during the day, though they may not stick around the Middle Rio Grande Valley for much longer this spring! Fly-in and fly-out at sunrise and sunset are fairly unpredictable right now, though cranes and geese are being observed during the day around the tour loop. 

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is located in San Antonio, Socorro County, New Mexico. Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, the 57,331 acre Bosque del Apache was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover site for migrating waterfowl. The refuge is well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks who winter here each year. Over 30,000 acres of Bosque del Apache are designated wilderness.
Spring 2024 Youth Turkey Hunt Lottery Now Open

The lottery registration for the 2024 Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Youth Turkey Hunt is now open. 

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Visit Us

​​​​​At Bosque del Apache, seasonal wildlife attracts visitors from around the world to participate in wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and interpretation. Additional opportunities for environmental education, hunting, and fishing may also be seasonally available.  

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      About Us

      Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is located in San Antonio, Socorro County, New Mexico. Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, the 57,331 acre Bosque del Apache was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover site for migrating waterfowl. The refuge is well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks who winter here each year. Over 30,000 acres of Bosque del Apache are designated wilderness.  

      Our Species

      Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is well known as an overwintering location for thousands of cranes, ducks, and geese. Additionally, Bosque del Apache is a year-round or seasonal home for four threatened or endangered species.