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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    A Desert Oasis

    Wildlife thrives in this environment where temperatures reach 120 degrees in the summer and the average rainfall is two inches per year.

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    Enjoy, Explore, Learn!

    Get outside and explore Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, managed for the benefit of wildlife and you.

    Recreational Opportunities

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    Ancestral Home

    The Yuma Tribes of the Colorado River farmed the river‘s floodplain, which flooded annually depositing rich soils for crops.

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  • Informational sign at trail head / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

    Where Wildlife Comes First

    National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife and habitat and to ensure future generations will always have wild places to explore!


Status of Operations

In keeping with guidance from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations of the Visitor Center. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public. Please visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.

Inconsistent Telephone Access

November 5, 2019

The refuge is experiences erratic telephone service. Calls may go through, but if the automatic voicemail system begins, refuge staff will not currently be able to retrieve those voicemails. If you need to speak with someone, please call back until a live person answers. Office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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US Fish and Wildlife encourages drivers to slow down and drive safely. With vehicle speed being a major factor in crashes and loss of life, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Officers will be conducting high-visible speed enforcement to promote traffic safety on Cibola National Wildlife Refuge.

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Visitor Center Hours & Scheduling

Visitor Center entrance / Oliver Davis ©

If you need to conduct business with the refuge or are planning to stop by the visitor center, you are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment. The Visitor Center is open during the winter (Nov 1st-Mar 14th) seven days a week, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm MST. In the summer months (Mar 15th-Oct 31st) the refuge has fewer volunteers and a lot of the refuge staff are out in the field. Call (928) 857-3253 for an appointment.

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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.

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