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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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Go around sunset

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Roswell, NM
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SE New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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33 helpful votes 33 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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179 reviews 179 reviews
74 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Deming, New Mexico
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15 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect. But this surpassed my expectations! We arrived around 2:15 and after spending almost 45 minutes in the beautiful visitors center, headed out on the tour loop. OMG, when we stopped at the Crane overlook, the sounds were amazing! Hundreds of cranes coming in along with so many other species! You could sit there for... More 

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