Facility Rules and Policies

In addition to laws and policies which govern all National Wildlife Refuges, there are a few rules specific to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  

Rules and Policies
  • Open areas of the refuge are open to the public from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Open areas of the refuge include: the Auto Tour Route (Tour Loop or Scenic Drive) and adjacent facilities, the Wilderness Area, overlooks, parking areas, trails and the East, West and Bajada Hunt Areas. 

  • We do not allow camping or overnight parking anywhere on the refuge. 

  • We only allow the use of bicycles on designated roads, the Bike Trail and the East Side Service Road Trail. 

  • From October 1 - March 31, we do not allow pets outside of vehicles anywhere along the Auto Tour Route or on any of the adjoining trails. From April 1 - September 30, we allow pets outside of vehicles on the Auto Tour Route and adjoining trails. Pets must be physically restrained on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Pets are not allowed in the visitor center. Hunters are allowed to use dogs when hunting, as per State of New Mexico hunting regulations. Dogs must be restrained when not hunting.  

  • Drive carefully on gravel roads and stay on designated roads and turnouts. 

  • Pull over to allow others to pass safely – Scenic Drive roads are wide. 

  • Observe posted speed limits – the maximum speed limit on the Scenic Drive is 25 mph and some sections are posted 10 mph. 

  • Plan for vehicles ahead of you to stop suddenly – most likely they are watching wildlife.