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.


  • San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge Entrance/J. Greff

    Rancho San Bernardino

    Adjacent to each other but on opposite sides of a border is an international effort to manage this vast and biologically rich landscape.

    Working Together

  • San Bernardino's Photo Gallery images/W. Radke

    Refuge Gallery

    Enjoy images of San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge’s landscape and the wildlife that call it home all or part of the year.

    Refuge's Photo Galleries

  • Chiricahua leopard frog / W. Radke, USFWS

    Helping Threatened Amphibian

    The Chiricahua leopard frog is only known to occur in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico. A distinctive call separates it from other frogs.

    Student Makes a Difference

  • San Bernardino springsnail / W. Radke, USFWS

    Critical Habitat is Designated

    for the threatened San Bernardino springsnail. This tiny species of Hydrobiids is 2mm and under. Its shell has whorls (twists).

    Species Profile

  • Jaguar / USFWS, Gary Stoltz ©

    Protecting The Largest Big Cat

    in the United States - the jaguar. This endangered cat is known to occur in the nearby Peloncillo Mountains.

    Endangered Species Profile


Public Safety

April 7, 2020

During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities are closed and most scheduled events have been postponed. If visiting one of our locations, please ensure public health and safety, by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene. For more information, visit our webpage, FWS Coronavirus Response and call for local conditions.

FWS Public Health Information

Sampling Yaqui Fish


San Bernardino and Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuges have developed a new protocol for sampling Yaqui fish in streams

Learn more

Roosevelt's Legacy

President Theodore Roosevelt with Gifford Pinchot

In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 50 refuges he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. Seen here with Gifford Pinchot, President Roosevelt's legacy is reflected at San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, a landscape set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife.

Working for Wildlife and You
Featured Stories

National Cooperative Efforts

San Bernardino's Yaqui catfish survey/W. Radke

Cooperative efforts between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and landowners in both the United States and in Mexico are providing tremendous opportunities to conduct research, restore and secure habitat and water sources, and introduce and maintain self-sustaining fish and wildlife populations and habitats.

Partnering for Wildlife

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