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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain 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


  • Northern Bobwhite, picture courtesy of Christena Stephens

    Texas Bobwhites Lend a Hand

    Muleshoe NWR assists Buenos Aires NWR with Masked Bobwhite recovery. Watch the video to find out more.

    Video: Adoptive Fathers for Masked Bobwhite Quail

  • Blue-winged teal pair

    Going the Distance

    A blue-winged teal hen banded on the refuge was documented 29 days later and more than 1000 miles away in Mexico!

  • Classroom tour of the refuge / Glenda Copley, USFWS

    For Wildlife & You

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

    Resource Management

  • Black-tailed prairie dog pups

    Important to Prairies

    Black-tailed prairie dogs leave vacant burrows that are used by Texas horned lizards, burrowing owls, and even rattlesnakes.

  • Lesser Prairie chicken

    Lesser Prairie Chicken

    Still found on West Texas prairies, these beautiful birds gather each spring to perform an elaborate courtship ritual and find a mate.


Current Conditions

August 11, 2020

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, Campground and Auto Tour (west of hwy 214) at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge. Paul's Lake Unit Auto Tour Route and Wildlife Viewing Area will remain open. Please observe signage for normally closed areas in this area.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. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available. More Information is available by calling 806-674-6369 or emailing

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Sandhill Crane Monitoring


Follow the link below to see our new video of National Wildlife Refuge staff surveying sandhill cranes and discussing the importance of surveys. After watching the video, read about the refuge's monitoring protocol.

Watch the new video and read about the protocol...

Did You Know?

Mallard drake in flight / USFWS

Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge has one of the longest standing banding permits in the nation with thousands of ducks banded on the refuge in the last 50 years.

Demonstration Area

Group on the refuge / Glenda Copley, USFWS

The refuge has joined many partners, including Pheasant’s Forever and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, on a grazing and fire demonstration area. This area will be used to highlight beneficial range management practices through on the ground methods for a variety of audiences including private landowners, wildlife managers, and universities. Contact the refuge to learn more about this important partnership effort.

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Temporarily Closed

Camping at Muleshoe NWR is temporarily closed until further notice. We apologize for the Inconvenience.

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