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Information iconRocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. (Photo: Ian Shive/USFWS)

Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges.

“Why are national wildlife refuges great places to take wildlife photos?” asks photographer Marvin De Jong. “There’s an emphasis on wildlife. Plus, you frequently have good access to animals and birds ...That’s the great thing about Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge [in New Mexico]. You can stand on the road and have sandhill cranes just 15 yards away.”

Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.



Refuges make great photography destinations
Story: Outdoor Photographer

Information iconPintail in flight, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, N.M. (Photo: Dawn Wilson)
How Photographers Can Help
Information iconDon Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, California. (Photo: Courtesy of the Shuck family)