Features

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    Walk on the wild side!

    Enjoy wildlife watching and amazing views on one of Imperial’s hiking trails.

    Visitor Activities

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    Meers Point Recreation Area

    Free boat ramp, accessible fishing dock and picnic tables. Not to mention, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and more!

    Fishing & Boating

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    A Closer Look

    Enjoy images of wildlife you will find on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Bobcat / Henry Detwiler ©

    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!

News

Burro Removal at the Refuge

The BLM, in partnership with USFWS, will be implementing a removal of approximately 200 feral burros from the refuge and surrounding area. Baited corral traps will be used to humanely capture the burros, where they will be transported to the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Off-Range Corral in Florence, Arizona. Refuge roads may be temporarily closed during this capture period to increase effectiveness of the work and for burro safety.

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Safety

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 Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.

Truly Wild

Vast landscape view / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

Of the nearly 26,000 acre Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, 15,000 are designated wilderness. The important designation helps ensure this amazing desert landscape is protected for future generations. Wilderness designation offers protection from logging or mining and prevents the construction of permanent roads, vehicles or structures.

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History of Conservation

President Theodore Roosevelt National statue / USFWS

In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 53 federal reserves he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. The 26th president was a dedicated naturalist throughout his life and is considered by many to have been the country’s “Conservationist President.”

The Refuge System
Get out into nature

Wilderness on Imperial NWR

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Did you know Imperial National Wildlife Refuge includes 15,056 acres of designated wilderness?

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Take a Hike!

Guided hikes explore the beauty of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge and the southwest Arizona desert. Hikes vary in length from about 1.25 to about 4.5 miles, and degrees of difficulty from easy to moderate. Sign up for hikes that fit your interest, desired level of challenge, and sense of adventure.

Guided Hike Schedule 2019-2020

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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