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The Refuge is near the center of New Mexico and it stretches from the Ladron Mountains in the west to
the Pinos Mountains in the east. 30 miles wide and 15 miles north to south.
Sevilleta is 50 miles south of Albuquerque and 20 miles north of Socorro.
If you take exit 169 from Interstate 25 and follow the signs to the Visitor Center, you will head west and arrive there.
The refuge is open year round during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset). No entrance fees are required. The entrance gate is timed to open at sunrise and close at sunset seven days a week.
Visitor Center Hours
Between June 1st and September 11th,
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Between September 12th and May 31st,
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday
Mesa View Trail
The Visitor Center is also the starting point for three walking trails.
1. The shortest, the paved Wildflower Loop, rambles through a beautifully diverse mix of plants typcal of the Refuge's varied habitats.
2. There is the one-mile Nature Trail that passes through the open shrubland and crosses two arroyos before returning to its start.
3. 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.
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San Lorenzo Canyon provides additional hiking opportunities. Click for directions.
The Visitor Center Theme Is Bringing the Outside In
The exhibits inside the Visitor Center tell stories of the life on the refuge. See representatives of plant and animals from the great river habitat through the Chihuahuan Desert and on to the rich prairie and into 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.