• Enjoying a hiking trail / Jenny Davis ©

    Walk on the wild side!

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

    Visitor Activities

  • First catch! / USFWS

    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

  • Quad of Photo Gallery images / USFWS

    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!


Seeking Public Input

December 6, 2019

The Southwest Arizona Refuges Complex is seeking public comments on draft compatibility determinations for the following uses: ackpacking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and frogging, commercial use, recreational boating, rock climbing, and wildlife observation. Comment period closes Dec. 17, 2019.

Read the drafts and provide input

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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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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Get out into nature

Wilderness on Imperial NWR


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

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Featured Stories

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


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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