Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.



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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge


Cienega Boardwalk Closed

The Cienega boardwalk trail is undergoing re-construction. Completion date is currently undetermined.

Entrance Fees Temporarily Suspended

After careful consideration, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has directed national wildlife refuges to temporarily suspend the collection of all entrance fees until further notice. Refuge lands and outdoor spaces remain open to the public where it is currently possible to adhere to public health guidance. In an effort to support social distancing, facilities such as visitor centers, however, will be closed. We urge visitors to do their part when visiting the refuge to follow CDC guidance by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other people; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Thank you and enjoy the refuge.

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Plight of the Masked Bobwhite Quail


The masked bobwhite quail was once extirpated from the United States (the northern-most part of its range). While there is currently no wild population in southern Arizona, biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, universities, non-profits and the Masked Bobwhite Recovery Team have been working hard to use science to address questions on how to get the bird to survive and persist on the landscape.

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Brown Canyon

Set in the Baboquivari mountains is a beautiful sycamore-shaded canyon of extraordinary diversity and a protected and pristine example of the sky island ecosystem. Make your reservations for a guided hike, environmental education program or educational workshop.

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Working for Wildlife

Refuge staff at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge focus on protecting and restoring habitat for the benefit of wildlife. Prescribed burning, controlling exotic and invasive plant and animals and erosion control are just some of the efforts taking place. Learn more about how they manage the 117,500-acre landscape that is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Managing the resource

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS