Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, in central New Mexico, stretches from the Ladron Mountains in the west to the Pinos Mountains in the east. The Refuge is open year-round during daylight hours (sunrise-to-sunset). No entrance fees are required. The automated entrance gate opens at sunrise and closes at sunset each day. The Refuge can be found 50 miles south of Albuquerque and 20 miles north of Socorro. It spans 30 miles east-to-west, and 15 miles north-to-south. To find the Visitor Center, take exit 169 from Interstate 25, head west and follow the signs.
Bringing the Outside In
The exhibits inside the Visitor Center tell stories of the life on the refuge. See plants and animals from the great river habitat, the Chihuahuan Desert, the rich prairie, and the rugged mountains. Some of the most fascinating exhibits tell the story of the geology of the Sevilleta, with its fault block mountains and the effects of the volcanic activity from long ago.
The business of the refuge is conducted at the Visitor Center. Staff and volunteers will be available to provide you with maps, brochures, checklists, and other information about what's happening on the refuge. The Visitor Center is also the starting point for three walking trails. Finally, don't forget to stop by the Nature Store for educational materials and souveneirs.
Visitor Center Hours
The Visitor Center is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and from September 9 through June 2, additionally on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Restroom facilities are available at the Visitor Center during open hours.
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge trails are open sunrise to sunset.
Mesa View Trail
A challenging three and a half mile hike, the Mesa View Trail, leads through rolling land before a strenuous hike to the top of the mesa that overlooks the river valley to the east and the La Jencia Plain to the west. Click for map.
This loop, the shortest of the three trails that begin at the Visitor Center, rambles through a beautifully diverse mix of plants typcal of the Refuge's varied habitats. Click for map.
This one-mile Nature Trail passes through open shrub land and crosses two arroyos before returning to its start. Click for map.
San Lorenzo Canyon
A 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Socorro, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Click for map and driving directions.
Ladrones Vista Trail
This 1.9-mile trail connects with the Mesa View and Nature Loop Trails. Explore this rock lined path through arroyos and up the side of the mesa. Along the way you will marvel at the beauty of Sevilleta, the Ladrones and middle Rio Grande Valley. While exploring this moderate-to-strenuous trail keep your eyes peeled for birds, lizards and insects on this diverse trail!