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Bosque del Apache
National Wildlife Refuge

Thousands of Sandhill Cranes visit Bosque del Apache NWR each year.
P.O. Box 280
San Antonio, NM   87832
E-mail: FW2_RW_Bosque_del_Apache@fws.gov
Phone Number: 575-835-1828
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Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Refuge staff and volunteers provide environmental education in the Refuge's new education wing of the Visitor Center. Contact the refuge to determine what opportunties are available for school groups.

Fishing is allowed on all of the canals withing the refuge boundaries from April 1 through Spetember 30 each year. Fishing is allowed from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. A valid New Mexico fishing license is required. Access to the canals is via the tour loop. The $5 daily entrance fee is required. Stop by the visitor center for a free fishing map showing areas open to fishing.

State and Federal hunting regulations regarding methods of take, dates, bag limits, etc. apply to all hunting on the refuge, in addition to refuge specific regulations.

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For your orientation to the refuge, we suggest stopping at the Visitor Center. Here you will find current information on wildlife sightings, exhibits, videos, and a bookstore.

Wildlife Observation
The 15-mile auto tour loop allows visitor to enjoy wildlife viewing and photography. Information is available year-round at the tour entrance. Wildlife is accustomed to visitors and may be closely observed from vehicles, which serve as photo blinds.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

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Visitor Center - Open 7:30 am to 4:00pm, Monday - Friday; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Saturday - Sunday

Auto Tour - Open 1 hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset daily

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Entrance Fees
Motorcycle - $5.00
Private vehicle - $5.00
Commercial van or bus up to 20 passengers - $50.00

Use Fees
Application fee for goose hunt: $6.00 Commercial Nature photography workshops: $150.00
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