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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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


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 also temporarily closing Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area and the Narrows area which includes Forty Foot Hole. 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

Seeking Public Comment

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has released a draft Environmental Assessment proposing potable water service to the refuge and its visitors. The expansion would include installing 15 miles of water line to reach highly used recreational areas supplying water to both visitors and staff.

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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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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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