Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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  • Celebrate Poster image / USFWS

    Sevilleta Turns 45 Years Old!

    Anniversary Celebration - Friday December 28!

    Events Calendar

  • Moon set / M. Weisenberger, USFWS

    Refuge Programs-January, 2019!

    Full Moon Hike-Sunday, January 20 from 4:30-8pm. Silver Creek Hiking Tour-Friday, January 25 from 8:45am–3pm. Reserve space for this tour.

    Refuge' Upcoming Events

  • Waterfowl Hunters with their Retriever / USFWS

    Refuge Hunting Units Open!

    The Refuge's Hunting Units Rio Puerco and A and B are NOW OPEN for the 2018 - 2019 Hunt Season! View the Hunt Fact Sheets below.

    Refuge's 2018 - 2019 Hunt Unit Fact Sheets

  • Fall Flowers - Globe Mallow, Verbena, Broom Snakeweed, and Blackfoot Daisy / USFWS

    Visit Monday Through Saturday

    The Refuge's Visitor Center and entrance gate are open Monday through SATURDAY Now 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


Celebrate 45 Years With Sevilleta!

December 28, 2018 Prairie dogs / USFWS

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge turns 45 years old on December 28, 2018! Join us at the Refuge throughout this upcoming 2019 calendar year for a variety of FREE Programs and Events for the entire family to enjoy! From our Anniversary Celebration - Friday, December 28th, with Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge turning 45 years old; two upcoming Refuge Events occur on January 20 and 25th. With a: Full Moon Hike - Sunday, January 20 from 4:30- 8 pm. Join Amigos de la Sevilleta Volunteer Naturalists on this guided hike! Enjoy a hike while taking in the beauty of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge under the full moon. Approximately a 4 mile moderate to strenuous hike over uneven surfaces and in arroyos and up hills. No reservations required, meet at the Visitor Center. Next is: Silver Creek hiking tour on Friday, January 25 from 8:45 am – 3 pm. Join us for this opportunity to explore Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge’s Silver Creek area and learn some fascinating facts about this unique landscape. Grab your camera, binoculars, and lunch. Tour will be mostly hiking based, hiking will be moderate and in arroyos. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call the Refuge at: 505-864-4021 to make your reservations. Continue to check back to our website for details and updates on all our upcoming events through March, 2019.

Refuge Events, into 2019!

Trails and Visitor Center's New, Revised Hours Monday through Saturday!

Fall colors / K. Cobble, USFWS

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge's hours are Monday through SATURDAY Now! The Refuge' public trails are open sunrise to sunset. Our Visitor Center and front gate hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. 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!

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
Refuge Opportunities from Hiking Excursions to Hunting!

Sevilleta's 2018 - 2019 Hunting Season Is Now Open

Coot flock / USFWS

Improvements to approximately 60 acres of the refuge's wetlands and riparian habitat, for a variety of endangered species and other wildlife, is now completed! In addition to habitat improvements, the refuge has also improved hunting and wildlife observation opportunities which can now be enjoyed during the current 2018 - 2019 Hunt Seasons! With the completion of the improvements, the refuge's Hunt Units Rio Puerco and A and B opened on September 1st! Please see the Units' Hunt Fact Sheets below for the various game bird and waterfowl species hunt season dates. A variety of dove species' season begins September 1, on both Hunt Units.

2018 - 2019 Hunting Seasons' Unit Fact Sheets

2018 Refuge Trails Guide

NEW Trails Guide and Map

Cottontail on trail / M. Weisenberger, USFWS

See the Refuge's newest Trails Guide with Map - updated June 2018!

Sevilleta's June 2018 Trails Guide

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