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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4200 East Pine Lodge Road, Roswell, NM 88201
Phone Number: 505-622-6755
Description: Home to thousands of migratory birds, deer, bob cats and badgers, visitors...
Home to thousands of migratory birds, deer, bob cats and badgers, visitors to this refuge can view and photgraph wildlife from several observation platforms.
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Beautiful area.

Stopped by on my way to Carlsbad. The wildlife drive was very nice. There are some stops and short hiking trails along the drive as well. I saw several Quails and a Rattlesnake. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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355 reviews 355 reviews
278 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Stopped by on my way to Carlsbad. The wildlife drive was very nice. There are some stops and short hiking trails along the drive as well. I saw several Quails and a Rattlesnake. I was a little pressed for time, so I couldn't spend too long here. I would recommend visiting when the visitor's center is open, and with plenty... More 

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SE New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Bitter Lakes has a sizeable migratory bird population in its seasons--they also have a yearly DragonFly Festival, and a nice visitors centre that provides information and shows the trails available to hike. A great resource!

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Columbus, New Jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We stopped here on our way out of town. It was rainy but lucky for us there was a driving path. We totally enjoyed our visit and despite the bad weather were stopping to get out of the car and snap pictures. We saw some cool wildlife; assorted ducks, cotton tailed rabbits, a peregrine falcon, a couple gambels quails, snowy... More 

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Roswell, NM
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The key to Bitter Lake is arrive in the afternoon and watch the birds come in for the night. There's ducks, geese and also thousands of sand hill cranes. Good roads to drive thru and find and nice spot to watch them flock to their evening roost.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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198 reviews 198 reviews
85 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We saw very few birds but enjoyed the drive through the refuge on the wildlife road. The refuge looks like a great place to see birds at the right time of year.

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comparativ
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69 reviews 69 reviews
43 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We went mid-day. The walks are short but beautiful and very easy to walk. Only the Butterfly trail would be difficult for folks who have trouble with rough terrain or stairs but still very easy trail to walk and only 0.2 miles long. The driving route is about 6 miles. There's hunting allowed, so be mindful of that. Lots of... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It's just a dried up, withered piece of land. Nothing of attraction there to my way of thinking. Easy enough to drive through and see most of it.

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decatur,Tx.
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Fell upon this wonderful birder's paradise after leaving Bottomless Lakes State park. The wildlife auto road bringing you around to the cranes,ducks and geese was a pleasant drive. Well maintained and beautiful natural setting. Well come back for sure.

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WPB florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A different sort of park. Seems to be primarily of interest to bird watchers. There were an awful lot of birds there when I went. There is a dirt road you can cruise around the entire park, and it's free.

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New York
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21 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

A thrill to watch thousands of cranes coming in to roost after out feeding during the day. Sunset is the time to go. Dress warm!

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