Over one hundred classes and tours will be offered.
Bosque del Apache is open from September thru May the visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.
Summer hours are in effect from June thru August during which the visitor center is open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Thursday thru Monday.
The Tour Loop, wilderness areas, and hiking trails are open year-round from one-hour before sunrise to one-hour after sunset. Bosque del Apache means “woods of the Apache,” named for the Apaches that routinely camped in the riverside forest.
Today, Bosque del Apache is known as one of the most spectacular refuges in North America. Each autumn, tens of thousands of birds – including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese and ducks – make the refuge their winter home.
The air is filled with honking of geese and guttural call of cranes. Flocks of snow geese abandon their feeding grounds when frightened by a stalking coyote or eagle. At dusk, flights of geese and cranes return to roost tin the marshes or on the Rio Grande.
Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl.
The refuge is well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks who winter here each year.
During spring and fall migration, the 57,331-acre refuge is a spot to rest and refuel for many birds as they follow the Rio Grande through the woodlands which hug the riverbanks, called bosque.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge contains thirty-thousand acres of wilderness, providing solitude and offering adventure to those who seek it. This dry desert habitat is home to jackrabbits, quail, and lizards, as well as creosote, sunflower, and mesquite.
Bosque del Apache is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.
November 14th – 17th, 2018