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Fort Bayard
This site is a good example of Upper Sonoran Life Zone habitat. Pinon/juniper and grasslands at the south end of the area give way to ponderosa pine and Gambel oak woodlands where the property meets the mountains.
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Red Rock Wildlife Area
Description: With its rocky hills, nearby mountains, and the Gila River, this remote site is prime habitat for desert bighorn sheep, a diversity of birds, and other wildlife. A 1,250-acre enclosure maintained by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish serves as a propagation and research facility for desert bighorn sheep.

Wildlife to Watch: Year-round viewing of desert bighorn sheep on cliffs when they are near the roadside portion of the enclosure. Occasional viewing of mule deer, javelina, and coyote. Seldom seen residents include Gila monster, bobcat, mountain lion, and black bear.

Special Tips: No public facilities at this site. River frontage is private property.

Arrangements can be made to visit an adjacent wetland site with excellent birding on game department property-call (505) 542- 9760 at least three days in advance of visit. VIEW SHEEP FROM ROADSIDES ONLY. DO NOT ENTER ENCLOSURE; VIOLATORS ARE PROSECUTED.

Ownership: New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Lordburg

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Bighorn Ram - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Lordsburg, travel north on U.S. Highway 70 for 2 miles. Turn right onto New Mexico Highway 464 and continue 23 miles to the Gila River. Take first right after crossing river onto Game Department Road. Continue 2.6 miles to sign on right for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. This is a private residence and the entrance to wetland area-do not turn in here unless arrangements have been made (see above section). Continue 2 miles along Game Department Road to southern boundary of sheep enclosure. ROAD IMPASSABLE IN WET WEATHER.

For more information call (505) 542-9760 or 522-9796.

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