Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is unique in that it was set aside “to preserve and enhance the integrity and the natural character of the ecosystems of the property by creating a wildlife refuge managed as nearly as possible in its natural state.” Thus the refuge is not managed for specific wildlife species but to allow natural processes such as flood and fire to prevail.
Although the majority of the refuge is closed to public use, a few areas are open for public enjoyment, including the visitor center. Sevilleta also hosts an open house in October and offers guided tours at that time. It is located off I-25 at exit 169, then head west. For more information, call (575) 864-4021 or log on to the website.