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Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Night sky above Valle de Oro
View of the Milky Way peering over distant light domes at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Andy Jones.


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is a protected area in New Mexico managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is located 7 miles (11km) south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This unit abuts the Rio Grande Valley State Park, which is adjacent to the Rio Grande.The land that is presently Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge was operated for decades as a dairy farm. After the closure of this facility, the area was dominated by alfalfa and fescue fields, it became seen as a potential development site for suburban homes until its purchase by the Trust for Public Land was negotiated. In 2011, the site was earmarked for federal improvements, and in 2012 it was transferred to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.




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7851 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105 USA
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Ms. Jennifer Owen-White
Tel.: +1 505 933 2708

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2.3 km2


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