WAFWA’s 2023 Summer Meeting

July 10, 2023 - July 14, 2023

Santa Fe, New Mexico

On behalf of the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and New Mexico Game & Fish, we invite you to join us at our 2023 Summer Meeting to be held at the historic Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Summer Meeting will bring over 400 U.S. and Canadian fish and wildlife regulators to discuss shared biological, management, and land use issues. The event will attract professional fish and wildlife biologists (including commissioners and directors from over 20 states), managers, administrators, and others in fish and wildlife related fields.

Schedule of Events

July 10-14th
Santa Fe, New Mexico


Socials, Retreats
& Guest Activities

Hotel & Travel

Eldorado Hotel and Spa

As the Eldorado’s rooms become fully booked, we have listed alternative hotels below. Click the “Hotel & Travel” button to jump to that section.

Hotel & Travel


Registration is now open!

$575 until July 1st, and $600 thereafter. A one-day registration option is available for $250.

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Gain exposure for your organization to fish and wildlife professionals, to network, and to exchange information and ideas.

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Socials, Retreats & Guest Activities

Hosted by: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish


NOTE: these are all day events with early morning departures and late afternoon return to the hotel.

Directors and Commissioners Retreat
Join us on July 10 for an exciting day on the Rio Grande. The day will start with a visit to the Taos Gorge Bridge to discuss one of New Mexico’s most well-known Bighorn Sheep herds. We will then head into Taos for a meeting and lunch. The afternoon will wrap up with a rafting trip down the Rio Grande.

Fisheries and Information and Education Chiefs Retreat
Get ready to step back in time at Bandelier National Monument. Bandelier is 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country that depicts evidence of a human presence here going back more than 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities. More Info (Link)

Wildlife and Law Enforcement Chiefs Retreat
At the base of the Pecos Wilderness is the beautiful Cow Creek Ranch, a historic fly-fishing guest ranch. We will spend the day fishing, discussing the effects of historic wildfires in the West, and meeting amongst the pines.

GUEST TRIP: Loretto Line Tour – Downtown Santa Fe Guided Tram Tour
We will jump aboard an open-air tram for a trip that includes historical areas in Santa Fe, including Canyon Road and its colorful art galleries, Santa Fe’s Museum Hill area, the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of the Governors, and other notable locations in the heart of the oldest capital city in the United States. There will be plenty of time after the tour to go shopping or revisit some of these historic sites. For more information about the Loretto Line and details about the tour please visit https://www.toursofsantafe.com/.


GUEST TRIP: Pecos Village
Just outside Santa Fe, the small village of Pecos is a cultural crossroads through which hunters and gatherers, traders, conquerors and explorers, immigrants, soldiers, ranchers, and tourists passed. Walk the trails and imagine Pecos through the centuries. Explore sites where cultural demonstrations and traditional practices continue today — a living legacy of the people who passed this way. More Info (Link)

Welcome Reception
Everyone is invited to the New Mexico History Museum for the Welcome Reception. Just a 6-minute walk (.3 miles from the Eldorado Hotel) the museum is a local landmark, and destination for anyone who wants to understand the diverse experiences of the people of New Mexico, the dynamics that have shaped our state, and the relationships that connect our region with the rest of the world. More Info (Link)


GUEST TRIP: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, strives to maintain examples of historic lifeways. More Info (Link)


Wrap up the week at our New Mexico Matanza. Everyone is invited to eat, drink, enjoy local music and celebrate a great week in The Land of Enchantment.

Hotel & Travel

The host hotel for this year’s Summer Meeting is the Eldorado Hotel. It is an historic property located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe within walking distance to may restaurants, shops and cultural attractions. The details:

Eldorado Hotel and Spa  | 309 West San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico. https://www.eldoradohotel.com/

The negotiated group rate for WAFWA is $195.00 per room, per night plus 15.4375% tax. There is a resort service charge of $25.00 per night that includes daily valet parking, Wifi in guest rooms and hotel common areas, complimentary bottled water and Keurig units in the hotel rooms, Access to the rooftop heated pool and fitness center; coffee and tea available in the Lobby. There are a limited number of federal per diem rooms set aside for our federal partners. Federal ID will be required at check in.

The WAFWA rate will be available until Friday, June 16, or until our block is sold out. To make reservations, please call 800-955-4455 or use the links below.

Click here to reserve at the regular discounted rate: Regular-2307FISH

Click here to reserve government per diem rate: Gov-2307FISHGOV

Nearby Hotels
The Eldorado has two sister hotels available for $229/night plus tax.

Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe: 125 Washington Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87501 www.hotelchimayo.com (0.3 miles from Eldorado, about a 6 minute walk)

Hotel St. Francis: 210 Don Gaspar Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87501 www.hotelstfrancis.com (0.3 miles from Eldorado, about a 6 minute walk)

Eldorado Hotel and Spa

We invite you to be a part of our mission to deliver conservation through information exchange and working partnerships. By working together, the fish and wildlife resources of the West and the habitat upon which those resources depend will be protected and enhanced so that future generations can enjoy our natural heritage.


Questions about Sponsoring or Exhibiting? Contact Karen Forbes at karen@delaneymeetingevent.com or 802-448-9078.

General Questions? Contact info@delaneymeetingevent.com or 802-865-5202.