• Refuge Event / USFWS

    Requesting Public Comments to July 16

    Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge is requesting Final Public Comments on our Compatibility Determination Draft documents. Details linked below.

    2018 Compatibility Determinations for Public Review

  • Rufous Hummingbird / USFWS

    Upcoming Events!

    Join Us at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge for summer outdoor Events. Details are shown below.

    Events Calendar

  • View to Ladrone mountain range / USFWS

    Ladrones Vista Trail Hike

    Join Sevilleta Refuge to celebrate the completion of our newest trail– Ladrones Vista Trail! Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 am. View below.

    New Trail - Hiking Event Details

  • Bathing American black bear / Refuge remote wildlife camera, USFWS

    Revised Summer Hours Start June 1st

    The Refuge's summer hours started June 1st with our Visitor Center and entrance gate open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

    Plan Your Visit page

  • American kestrel / USFWS

    eBird Trail Tracker

    Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Trail Tracker

Refuge Summer Activities

From Raptors to Hummingbirds!

June 29, 2018 Canyon View / USFWS

Upcoming Outdoor Events / Activities: Raptor tour - Friday, June 29 from 8 am – 3 pm. Join us for this exploration of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in search of Raptors! Grab your binoculars, field guides and keep your eyes to the sky for this adventure! Pack your lunch and grab plenty of water, hiking will be limited and over uneven terrain. Ladrones Vista Trail Hike - Saturday, July 14 at 7 am. Join Refuge staff and Volunteer Naturalists to celebrate the completion of our newest trail – Ladrones Vista Trail! Get outside and enjoy the scenery, this trail has spectacular views of the Ladrones and the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Hike will be approximately 5 miles over uneven surfaces: lace up your boots, grab your hat, sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Reservations NOT required! In August - Hummingbird Banding on Saturday, August 18 from 8 am – 10 am. Join Ann Adams for her summer, morning presentation of banding hummingbirds! Ann has several fascinating facts about these tiniest of all birds, while you observe hummingbird banding. No reservations required.

Refuge Improvements

Hunter with white lab / USFWS

Sevilleta is continuing to complete habitat improvements to our refuge wetlands and riparian areas, until fall 2018. The refuge's wetland units A and B are closed to ensure public safety. The ongoing improvements will enhance future hunting and wildlife opportunities! Follow our website's Visitor Activities - Hunting page for updates.

Link to Hunting Page

Amigos de la Sevilleta - Refuge Friends Group

Gunnison's prairie dog looking up / USFWS

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is fortunate to have a wonderful Friends Group, Amigos de la Sevilleta, whose members volunteer their time to assist refuge staff in achieving the mission of the wildlife refuge. The Organization is a non-profit group and welcomes new members. Members make Amigos possible and membership is open to all. Amigos de la Sevilleta raises money through member’s fees and special events. Grants and nature store sales also contribute. They help by volunteering in a variety of jobs at the refuge. They educate people about the refuge through their newsletter, on tours, during activities at the refuge and at events in the surrounding communities. Amigos members may also help with refuge management programs, habitat restoration projects, and the Gunnison's prairie dog reintroduction program. For more information on how you can assist the refuge, go to the Get Involved page linked in the right hand navigation menu. To join Amigos de la Sevilleta with your membership, visit their website linked below.

Amigos Membership page and Form link
Public Comment Period To July 16th

Documents Up For Final Public Comments

Visitor wildlife watching activity / USFWS

The Refuge's recently reviewed draft compatibility determinations (CDs) are up for final comments through Monday, July 16, 2018. Public comments on cemetery visitation, environmental education, fishing, interpretation, research, special events, wildlife observation, and wildlife photography may be submitted by writing to: Visitor Services Manager, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 1248, Socorro, New Mexico, 87801, or by email to jeannine_kimble@fws.gov. Please put “CDs – Public Comments” on the envelope or in the email subject line. Comments must be received electronically by July 16, 2018, or be postmarked by July 16, 2018 for consideration. All the documents for review are linked below.

Refuge's 2018 CD's

Visit the Refuge Monday through Friday

Trails and Visitor Center's Revised Summer Hours

Fawn leaping / Refuge remote wildlife camera, USFWS

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge summer hours are Monday through Friday. The Refuge' public trails are open sunrise to sunset. Our Visitor Center's new, revised hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Gate hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. You are allowed to park at the entry gate and walk in to enjoy the trails when the Visitor Center and gate are not open. Restroom facilities are available at the Visitor Center during open hours.

Visit Today!

Current Trails Guide

Updated Trails Guide and Map

Hike in AZ USFWS 150 x 119

See the Refuge's current Trails Guide with Map.

Sevilleta's Trails Guide

Flowers Field Guide

Refuge Flowers Field Guide -

Evening primrose / © Sheryl M. Mayfield

Showcasing Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center's Vast Colors! Enjoy the detailed 53 page pamphlet linked below, which identifies various native flowers and flowering plants seen along the trails around the refuge's Visitor Center. Photographs and drawings of flowering plants are categorized by petal color. Cacti and tree flowers are also included. (The pamphlet guide may take a moment to load and open.)

Field Guide to Flowers / © Sheryl M. Mayfield

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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