Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

New Mexico

Five miles southeast of Las Vegas via Hwys 104 and 281, this nearly 14-sq-mile refuge has marshes, woodlands and grasslands to which upwards of 250 bird species have found their way. Visitors can follow an 8-mile drive or hike one of the nature trails.

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