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Northeastern New Mexico Sights

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

  • NM 281 Map It
  • Las Vegas
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Updated 12/04/2013

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More than 250 known species—including eagles, sandhill cranes, hawks, and prairie falcons—travel the Central Flyway to this 8,672-acre area of marshes, native grasslands, and forested canyons. Here, where the Sangre de Cristo Mountains meet the Great Plains, the ½-mi-long Gallinas Nature Trail winds beside sandstone cliffs and ruins, and an 8-mi auto tour loops through the most picturesque habitats of the refuge (four-wheel-drive can be necessary following rain or

snow). You can get oriented by dropping by the visitor center (free maps and bird species left out for visitors at all times).

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Sight Information


NM 281, 1½ mi east of Las Vegas on NM 104, then 4½ mi south on NM 281, Las Vegas, New Mexico, 87701, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Grounds daily dawn–dusk; visitor center weekdays 8–4:30

Updated 12/04/2013


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