Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

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Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
Location San Miguel County, New Mexico, USA
Nearest city Las Vegas, NM
Coordinates 35°30′30″N 105°10′02″W / 35.50833°N 105.16722°W / 35.50833; -105.16722Coordinates: 35°30′30″N 105°10′02″W / 35.50833°N 105.16722°W / 35.50833; -105.16722
Area 8,672 acres (35.09 km2)
Established 1965
Governing body U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

With the Rocky Mountains to the west, the Great Plains to the east, and the Chihuahuan Desert to the south, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge encompasses a diversity of habitats. Located along the Central Flyway, the Refuge provides an important resting, feeding, and wintering area for migrating geese, ducks, and cranes.

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge rests on a plateau in the foothills with the Rocky Mountains just beyond. River canyon walls drop below the refuge on three sides. Las Vegas (Spanish for "the meadows") preserves both wildlife habitats and a slice of New Mexico's rich cultural history.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.