Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

Muleshoe, Texas

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The oldest national wildlife refuge in Texas, Muleshoe was established as a wintering area for migratory waterfowl and Sandhill Crane. The refuge includes 5,809 acres of prairie and sink-type lakes with no outlets. Refuge roads are open from dawn to dusk, but the refuge headquarters (2.25 miles west of SH 214) is open Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Key birds: Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Towhee, and Rufouscrowned Sparrow are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Snowy Plover, Burrowing Owl, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. Bald Eagle; Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks; Golden Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Sandhill Crane; Eastern, Western, and Mountain Bluebirds; Lark Bunting; and McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"The oldest national wildlife refuge in Texas, Muleshoe was established as a wintering area for migratory waterfowl and Sandhill Crane. The refuge includes 5,809 acres of prairie and sink-type lakes with no outlets. Refuge roads are open from dawn to dusk, but the refuge headquarters (2.25 miles west of SH 214) is open Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Key birds: Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Towhee, and Rufouscrowned Sparrow are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Snowy Plover, Burrowing Owl, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. Bald Eagle; Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks; Golden Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Sandhill Crane; Eastern, Western, and Mountain Bluebirds; Lark Bunting; and McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Muleshoe
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April to June for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to mid-February for winter birds
Local Contacts: Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

Recent Trail Reviews

7/17/2011
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My boyfriend and I went out to hike around the salt flats and plateu. It was beautiful. lots of wildlife signs and an ok spot for birding. There are camping hook ups with water spots and a bathroom. Again the wildlife was amazing. Going to go back when the Sandhill cranes nest durring winter months.



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May 2018