Things to Do


There's lots to do at Valle de Oro. Plan your day at the refuge. Visit Events and Location & Hours for more information.

Valle de Oro Discover Nature App

Explore with our Apps

Play games and learn about the Refuge using the Discover Nature App (DNA) and Agents of Discovery App.

Discover Nature App

Click here to download the instructions


Father and son walking through Calle de Oro

Self Guided Tours

Visitors to the Refuge can enhance their experience by using our QR code trail guide.

QR codes are stationed throughout the trail. By simply scanning the QR code on the QR code trail signs on your phone as you walk the trail, you’ll get a sneak peek into future plans for the Refuge, information about native species, and more!  

Valle de Oro park ranger holding a butterfly

Environmental Education

The Refuge’s unique environmental education and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds not only build knowledge, but also cultivate an appreciation and sense of ownership for the outdoors that is crucial to the future of our planet.

See upcoming education events here.

POV shot of rider on back of horse


  • Hiking/walking
  • Wildlife viewing/photography
  • Horseback riding
  • Bicycling

Family walking through Valle de Oro Paseo del Bosque Trail

Paseo del Bosque Trail

As the first Urban Wildlife Refuge in the Southwest, Valle de Oro NWR emphasizes access for all, and promotes alternative and multi-modal transportation opportunities for its visitors and for the environment. Friends of Valle de Oro NWR is working with local agencies and advocating for an extension of the Paseo del Bosque Trail southward approximately three miles from its current terminus at the South Diversion Channel to Valle de Oro. To learn more about the Paseo del Bosque Trail Extension project click here:

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Group holding Valle de Oro sign

Events and Volunteering

We host several events at Valle de Oro NWR and in our local community and we have several opportunities for you to be a part of the development and restoration of Valle de Oro NWR.
EventsGet Involved

Man and Woman with a bufferly in hand

ABQ Backyard Refuge Program and Certification

Learn how you can create wildlife habitat and build your own mini Refuge in your backyard, patio or balcony.  The ABQ Backyard Refuge Program and option to certify your backyard refuge will be launching in September 2019, but you can join our network and receive program updates by visiting the program website or the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program Facebook page.