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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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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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Lots of Sandhill Cranes and snow geese

Bitter Lake is a large refuge with a variety of birds and wildlife. As you are not allowed to get very close to the birds you need a high power camera and binoculars. Lots of road... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2015
David U
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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Open wildlife management area along the Pecos River with visitor center and tons of area to explore, red rock cliffs capture the beauty and tranquility, wonderful vistas close to Roswell.

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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

It isn't fair but I am comparing this place to Bosque del Apache where we just came from. We had heard that this place was also good for birding and expected something like Bosque. It has a great park office with exhibits and fantastic views. There is a paved 6-7 mile road with some bird blinds and observation decks scattered... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Bitter Lake is a large refuge with a variety of birds and wildlife. As you are not allowed to get very close to the birds you need a high power camera and binoculars. Lots of road runners too.

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Thank David U
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

My husband had to force me to leave this place. Lots of little trails around the refuge. Great for walking the dogs.

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Thank Mary-FoodieBoo
Edmonton
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Only seven miles east of Roswell. Beautiful large wetland with a six mile driving loop around ponds. The highlight of our visit were the hundreds of migrating sandhill cranes. We visited in the evening to watch them land and went back in the morning to see them again. There were small flocks in the air all the time we were... More 

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152 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Visited this refuge on a Sunday and it was empty except for another car. It is not far outside Roswell and easily accessible by car. Whatever you do, don't forget your binoculars, you will need them. It's a nicely laid out site with several roads winding about bringing you close to various ponds where the migrating birds gather. You can... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

I roamed out here one day and wandered some of the trails and drove around for a bit as well. The visitors center has deck binoculars so you can scan the horizon, and I did that for a while as well. The staff there are very knowledgeable about the area, and there is quite a bit of information to be... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Bitter Lake Nat'l WR was a pleasure to drive thru...unfortunately, the visitor center wasn't open, but the drive with its many places to stop and view the fowls was wonderful...even the rattler sunning was good, although I'm not crazy about snakes. He had 11 rattles and a button. You could tell how dry NM has been looking at the surrounding... More 

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Thank Pat S
El Paso, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Not very big, but still worth the drive to check out this hidden oasis in the desert. Very beautiful, with wetland, and dry desert landscape.

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Thank Boesdady_20
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a great stop if you are driving through the area and want a bit of a break. There are a few picnic areas and the visitor center is interesting (with a nice patio, if you get no further!). I visited at a very dry time of year but still managed to see a... More 

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