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General Information

Description - To the north and east is the Llano Estacado or the Great Plains. The grasslands of the prairies and the evergreens of the foot hills form a landscape of meadows for which the refuge was named, Las Vegas.

To the west and northwest the Rocky Mountains dominate the landscape with the Great Plains lying to the north and east and the high plateau desert to the south and southeast. Sitting on top of the Las Vegas Plateau at 6,500 feet, this high plains refuge is surrounded on three sides by steep, timbered canyons. Vegosa Creek forms the canyon on the east and south. The Gallinas River forms the canyon on the west. These different ecosystems provide a wide variety of habitats for many species.

Attractions - The refuge is located in San Miguel County, New Mexico at the base of Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. The refuge was established as a wintering and staging area for migratory birds. Species common to both the eastern and western United States visit and live on the Refuge. Many neotropical species nest on the refuge.


To the north and east is the Llano Estacado or the Great Plains. The grasslands of the prairies and the evergreens of the foot hills form a landscape of meadows for which the refuge was named, Las Vegas.


To the west and northwest the Rocky Mountains dominate the landscape with the Great Plains lying to the north and east and the high plateau desert to the south and southeast. Sitting on top of the Las Vegas Plateau at 6,500 feet, this high plains refuge is surrounded on three sides by steep, timbered canyons. Vegosa Creek forms the canyon on the east and south. The Gallinas River forms the canyon on the west. These different ecosystems provide a wide variety of habitats for many species.

Climate - This southwestern state is well known for its hot, dry climate. Most areas experience cool winter weather, due to the general high elevation of the region. The southern areas of the state normally don't see any snow in winter. The northern areas and higher elevations will accumulate some snow during the winter and many mountain passes are not maintained.

Location - The refuge is located in San Miguel County, New Mexico at the base of Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.


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Contact Information:
Las Vegas NWR, Route 1 Box 399 , Las Vegas, NM, 87701, Phone: 505-425-3581
, r2rw_lv@fws.gov

Additional Information:
New Mexico National Wildlife Refuges - Refuges in New Mexico attract healthy populations of bald eagles each winter and provide crucial stopovers for countless migratory birds every spring and fall.

Links:
Las Vegas NWR - Official agency website

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