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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, short walks

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Coventry, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

We had an enjoyable few hours here. Didn't know what to expect but we saw cranes, tortoise and dragonfly. The ranger was knowledgeable and recommended where to go, what to look for and when to see things.

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Spring Grove, Illinois
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28 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Open 8am to 4pm (Mon-Fri) Bitter Lake Refuge is a wonderful place in Roswell away from the alien stuff. Visited early in the morning and saw lots of birds including the migrating White Pelicans. There are more than 100 species of dragonflies & damselflies, and it's considered one of the most diverse populations in North America. In the fall there... More 

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Lubbock
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31 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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