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Open Refuge Tracts

The following Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge tracts are open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. These tracts are remote and unstaffed units of the Refuge. Please keep in mind there are no public facilities and visitors should bring maps, water, food, and protection from weather and insects. To safely enjoy your visit, please stay on the trails and roads. Off-road vehicles are prohibited. Be courteous to other visitors: do not block gates and park your vehicle in designated parking lots where available.

Boca Chica (17,000 acres; Cameron County)
• Loma/tidal flats/coastal dune habitats
• Wildlife observation, photography, beachcombing
• Information kiosk
Map

La Sal Del Rey (6,000 acres; Hidalgo County)
• Inland hypersaline lake and thorn scrub habitat
• Hiking/walking trails (accessible by foot only)
•Birding and wildlife observation
• Parking lot, information kiosk
Map

Monte Christo (2,700 acres; Hidalgo County)
• Woodland potholes habitat
• Dove hunting offered seasonally, permit required
• Birding, nature photography
• Hiking/walking trails (accessible by foot only)
Map

Yturria Brush (1,800 acres; Hidalgo County, west of La Joya)
• Upland thorn scrub habitat
• Birding and butterfly watching, nature photography
• Hiking/walking trails (accessible by foot only)
• Parking lot, information kiosk
Map

La Grulla (Starr County)
• Dove hunting offered seasonally, permit required
Map

La Puerta (4,000 acres; Starr County, east of Rio Grande City)
• Semiarid barretal habitat
• Hiking/walking trails (accessible by foot only)
• Nature photography, birding and wildlife observation
• Parking lot, information kiosk
Map

Salineño (1/2 acre; Starr County, west of Roma)
• Small upper Valley flood forest habitat
• Birding and butterfly watching
• Access to Rio Grande
• Information kiosk, walking trail
Map

East Lake (1,700 acres; Willacy County)
• Inland hypersaline lakes
• Hiking/walking trails (accessible by foot only)
• Hunting offered seasonally, permit required
• Birding and wildlife observation
• Parking lot, information kiosk
Map

Teniente (5,600 acres; Willacy County)
• Inland hypersaline lakes
• Hiking/walking trails (accessible by foot only)
• Hunting offered seasonally, permit required
• Birding and wildlife observation
• Parking lot, information kiosk
Map