Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Mourning dove / USFWS

    Dove Hunting Now to September 30th

    About 740 acres of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open to mourning dove hunting - September 1 through September 30.

    Refuge' September 2020 Hunting News Release

  • Canada goose / USFWS

    Refuge's 2020 Canada Goose Hunting

    Canada goose hunting runs from late November through mid-December, 2020. Applications are now available. See the News Release.

    Refuge's Canada Goose Hunt News Release and Fillable Application

  • Double rainbow / Rob Larranaga, USFWS

    Temporarily Closing Visitor Center

    . . . to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors.

    Agency's COVID-19 Announcement Letter

  • White-tailed buck / R. Larranaga, USFWS

    Trails, Scenic Drives, Overlook

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge offers nature trails from .5 miles to 1.75 miles, scenic drives, and an overlook observation deck.

    Wildlife Watching & Nature Trails

  • Pollinator "World of Color" poster / © Pollinator Partnership

    Printable Activity Pages to Try!

    We have provided Agency and partner links to a variety of coloring and activity pages for all to enjoy at home!

    Visitor Activities page

Your Support is Appreciated

U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Announcement Letter

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending (closing) operations of the Visitor Center at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. 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. More information is available by calling 928-304-8995 or emailing

On-line eBird Observation Entries

Northern shovelers male and female / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird website program is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to: Current entries at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, can be seen on our Wildlife & Habitat page, in the header section up above, and then open the left menu link titled: Report a Bird Sighting.

eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations

The Other Las Vegas - What Happens Here, Stays With You!

Fawn / USFWS

Come rejuvenate your soul by enjoying nature at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of New Mexico, Land of Enchantment! Enjoy hiking trails, an 8 mile scenic auto tour loop drive, and an observation deck lookout for wildlife watching. The views are magnificent at this beautiful Refuge! What happens here, you will want to share with Everyone!

Refuge' Trails and Observation Areas
At Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
Hunting Applications Available to Friday, October 9, 2020

Canada Goose Hunt Applications Available Now

Canada geese / USFWS

Public hunting for Canada geese will be allowed by Application on Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, in a designated goose hunt area. The hunting period runs from late November through mid-December, 2020. The Refuge's News Release and fillable Hunt Application are linked below. Applications for this year's hunt must be postmarked by October 9, 2020. For Additional Information call: 928-304-8995.

2020 Canada Goose Hunt Season' News Release and fillable Hunt Application

Providing New Activities To Do While Staying Safe at Home

Fun Printable Pages on Our Visitor Activities Page

Child drawing / © J.D. Sentry

Go to our Visitor Activities page for new coloring and activity sheets, and hands-on projects for any age to try! All can be done at Home!

Link to our Website's Visitor Activities Page

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