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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

4200 East Pine Lodge Road, Roswell, NM 88201
505-622-6755
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Roswell
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Home to thousands of migratory birds, deer, bob cats and badgers, visitors to this refuge can view and photgraph wildlife from several observation... more » Owner description: Home to thousands of migratory birds, deer, bob cats and badgers, visitors to this refuge can view and photgraph wildlife from several observation platforms. « less
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Lubbock
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97 reviews 97 reviews
25 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

Stopped on my way to Ruidoso and spent a couple of hours at the refuge. Beautiful place, at least I thought so. Was there towards midday so animals were not roaming as they would be earlier or later in the day, but I certainly enjoyed the terrain. Did see some lovely birds, wetlands and enjoyed the various overlooks and observations... More

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Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a great escape from the busy Main St. corridor and alien hoopla in Roswell - only about 7 miles east of the city. The visitor's center is a nice little oasis with interesting exhibits about the refuge and the animals in the area. They have driving, hiking, and biking trails, too. Wonderful way to spend about 1-4 hours... More

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San Antonio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stopped in Roswell (at a family member's request); while looking at the Atlas, we noticed the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We read up on it and discovered it had a year-round water source, which is different from most of the NWRs in our home state, and it was free! We went in the morning so that it would... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Don't forget to pack your favorite camera and telephoto lense. Come at the right time of day, during the high season, using your best equipment and capture the enchantment of New Mexico wildlife.

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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

It was extremely windy when we went but other than this the park is laid out nicely. It is what it is, honestly. There are plenty of water fowl to see but you can easily see how the water is depleting and in the next decade it will probably be desert. We did see a snake and a roadrunner but... More

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Sarnia, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is a really interesting place for birdwatchers. Mostly waterfowl, some hawks, etc. Unfortunately, due to the drought the water is not as high as usual. We still were able to see a good variety. Watch the roads, they are under improvement.

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Roswell, New Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We've been here a few times. We've gone in the off season for some quiet time to drive around the reservoir and take some pictures of the birds. Sometimes you do run into some jerks who are flying through there, scaring all the animals, kicking up dirt, making a mess, but that's not the parks fault. We enjoyed the 2013... More

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Portales, New Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I read several reviews complaining about the lack of wildlife, especially deer and pronghorn. The main focus for Bitter Lake NWR, is to provide refugia and habitat for migrating waterfowl and other various waterbirds. The diversity of avifauna does change seasonally, winter is the best time to view ducks, sandhill crane, and snow geese. The summer months are great for... More

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Roswell, New Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There is always something to see and experience at the Refuge. Seasonal favorites are the dragonflies (Roswell is 2nd in the US for the largest population of these beauties), the wetlands provide habitat for thousands of migrating lesser sandhill cranes, migrating geese (some spend the winter here), 20 duck species, and more! Over 357 species of birds have been documented... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I always wanted to get out to Bitter Lake back in the 60's, but never seemed to find the time. We made a point of visiting it in 2013, and it was very interesting. A good bit of the area was flooded which intrigued and impressed me. When I lived here in the 1960's, we must have been in a... More

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