Visitor Information

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 trail: 1 mile flat dirt trail at Whitfield
  • Visit the Rio Abajo Botanical Garden at Whitfield 

Address: 2424 Highway 47

Belen, NM 87002

Visiting Hours and Operation:


  • Due to COVID 19 Pandemic, Whitfield is currently open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
  • Special Guidelines to Follow for visiting the grounds: 


    June 4th The Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area grounds are reopening on a limited basis for visitors


    Starting June 4th the Whitfield Grounds are open Thursday thru Saturday 8 am to 4:30 pm.  This schedule will be in  effect until further notice. While visiting the area please follow these  practices

    ·         physical distancing of at least 6 feet with others

    ·         park cars 10 feet apart

    ·         Wear a mask if you need to speak with field staff

    ·         Use the hand wash station and portable restroom if needed

    ·         Please bring your own water for hydration and clothing for sun and wind exposure

    ·         Visit our website at for updates and info about Valencia SWCD programs

    ·         Visit the Whitfield Education Program Facebook page for outdoor activities at home

    ·         Mulch is available for pick up during these open hours– on a first come first serve basis. (Note:   mulch is collected from various jobs and no warranty can be made about piece size or content of mulch)



    The District office ,visitor center,  and bathrooms will remain closed to public until further notice.  For visitors to the conservation area, a portable restroom with wash station will be available.


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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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2020 Holiday Schedule
Office will be closed in observance of these days.

Monday, February 17th Washington’s Birthday


Monday, May 25th Memorial Day


Saturday, July 4th Independence Day

Monday, September 7th Labor Day

Monday, October 12th Columbus Day

Wednesday, November 11th Veterans Day

Thursday, November 26th Thanksgiving Day

Friday, December 25th Christmas Day

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