Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

Features

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    American Bison

    Enjoy views of North America's largest existing mammal, the bison. The refuge's herd includes approximately 650 of these herbivores.

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    New Field Guides

    Dr. Angel Chiri has created and donated free field guides covering a small sample of the bugs and spiders of the Wichita Mountains area.

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    Geology

    The refuge's rugged landscape is the result of over half a billion years of geologic change and adaptation.

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News

Status of Operations

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 and campground. 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.

Temporary Closure of Refuge Campgrounds

Temporary Road Closures

January 10, 2020

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will temporarily close sections of Highway 49 and Indiahoma Road to conduct necessary road maintenance and fuels reduction January 13-17 and January 27-31. Visitors and local commuters should make arrangements to avoid these areas during construction.

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Mount Scott Roadway is Open

Our visitors are super excited about the re-opening of Mount Scott! We want to make sure you have the correct information. The Mount Scott Roadway is a shared resource, open to the public from sunrise until sunset. User groups are regulated Friday-Sunday.

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Safety Closures During Controlled Hunts

The refuge will temporarily close portions of the public use area select days in November, December, and January to conduct controlled hunts. Rocky Mountain Elk hunts will be conducted December 3-5, 2019; December 17-19; and January 7-9, 2020. Closed areas will change for each hunt.

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Featured Stories

Wilderness on Wichita Mountains WR

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Did you know Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge includes 8,570 acres of designated wilderness?

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Featured Stories

Volunteer Experiences

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There are many opportunities to volunteer on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. An amazing experience you won't soon forget!

Making a difference for wildlife...

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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