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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
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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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Birding oasis!

I wasn't there on a very pleasant day, and still saw a lot of birds at this park. Drive the loop, and stop at the various pull offs. The big picture doesn't change a whole lot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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Taos, New Mexico, United States
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Excellent visitor center, great loop road to view wildlife (mostly birds), early morning is best for birding.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The time of year you visit will determine who many and what kind of wildlife you will encounter. We saw many different types of birds. We learned about dragonflies and saw quite a few. There is a 6 mile car ride loop you can take. You can also park at various locations and get out and hike. NOTE: Bring water... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This place was horrible, there was no water fowl and in certain areas it stunk really. But it was free.

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Cuchillo, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

very unique range of animals, some endangered species, many very rare species. Great visitor center, with excellent volunteer staff.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I wasn't there on a very pleasant day, and still saw a lot of birds at this park. Drive the loop, and stop at the various pull offs. The big picture doesn't change a whole lot, but see it for the details, and all the winged visitors.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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