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Last Updated: 12/13/2011

New Mexico Wildlife View Guide



Wildlife is nearer than you think!
The secret is knowing where and when to look.


From the rugged beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert to the windswept alpine heights of the Pecos Wilderness, the New Mexico Wildlife Viewing Guide helps direct you to 76 prime wildlife viewing areas with the best dates, times, and places, as well as what species to look for.


The Guide includes:
Detailed site descriptions
Specific species lists
Maps, access, and location directions
Site amenities if available
Photo and viewing tips
More than 40 color photographs
Detailed New Mexico life zone map
Overview of New Mexico species biodiversity


The New Mexico Wildlife Viewing Guide is part of a nationwide series of viewing guides from the Watchable Wildlife Program, a public/private partnership coordinated by Defenders of Wildlife, Washington D.C. Each viewing site was selected by a panel of wildlife experts from a variety of organizations and agencies. The guide currently is only available online by downloading documents listed below.

Four Corners Region:

El Malpais

Jicarilla Lakes


Rocky Mountain Region:

Philmont Scout Ranch


San Antonio Mountain

Sugarite Canyon


Northeast Grasslands and Prairies:

Capulin Monument

Clayton Lake


Sandias and Manzanos:

Elena Gallegos

Manzano Hawkwatch Site

Gila Country:

Heart Bar

San Francisco Hot Springs

Ft. Bayard

Road to the Cliff Dwellings

Lower Gila Box


Southern Rio Grande Valley:

Caballo Reservoir

La Joya Refuge

Dripping Springs


Greater Bootheel:

Lower Gila Box

Spring Canyon

Granite Gap