In April 2003, the Valencia Soil & Water Conservation District acquired a donation of a 97 acre tract of land in Belen, New Mexico historically known as the Whitfield-Trammell Property or the old Curran's dairy.


The Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area (WWCA) has been put into a permanent conservation easement with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) for restoration and protection of the area.


The VSWCD received $856K from the NM State Legislature for the construction of the visitor and education center, Construction of Phase 1, the educational building of the complex has been completed (see Building Plans for Phase II under Archives).


The VSWCD views the area as an excellent opportunity for conservation education for Valencia youth (see Friends of Whitfield and Service Learning) as well as drawing on ecotourism to bring an added economy to Valencia County.


Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area Visitors' and Education Center and site is open to the public free of charge.


  • Go birding and wildlife watching
  • Read & research in the Dr. Richard Becker Library
  • Explore the area's habitats
  • Hike Whitfield's trails
  • Visit the Rio Abajo Botancical Garden at Whitfield 

Address: 2424 Highway 47

Belen, NM 87002

Visiting Hours:

  • The Visitors' Center is open from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • The Center is not open on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Day.

  • The grounds are open during the Visitors' Center hours and whenever the gates are open.

    Visit the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area website for more information by clicking here.



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Valencia SWCD

PO Box 170

Belen, NM 87002


Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
2424 Hwy 47
Belen, NM  87002


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Office will be closed in observance of these days.

Monday, January 1st New Year’s Day

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