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“waste of time” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
1001 State Highway 1, Socorro, NM 87801
505 835 1828
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Socorro
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to provide "a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife" and to develop wintering grounds for greater sandhill cranes, which were then endangered.Located on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert, the 57,331-acre refuge straddles the Rio Grande approximately twenty miles south of Socorro, New Mexico. The heart of the refuge is 8,000 acres of floodplain where the waters of the Rio Grande have been diverted to create extensive wetlands and agricultural lands. The rest of the refuge is made up of arid foothills and mesas, which rise to the Chupadera Mountains to the west and San Pascual Mountains to the east. Most of these arid uplands are preserved in three Wilderness Areas.Bosque del Apache means "woods of the Apache," named for the Apaches that routinely camped in the riverside forest. Today, Bosque del Apache is known as one of the most spectacular refuges in North America. Each autumn, tens of thousands of birds - including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese and ducks - make the refuge their winter home. The air is filled with honking of geese and guttural call of cranes. Flocks of snow geese abandon their feeding grounds when frightened by a stalking coyote or eagle. At dusk, flights of geese and cranes return to roost tin the marshes or on the Rio Grande. In the summer, Bosque del Apache, thought quiet, remains an oasis for diversity of wildlife, both in the riparian areas and surrounding arid uplands.
Socorro, New Mexico
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“waste of time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

we didn't see anything but geese and ducks. should have been told at the ticket booth. Waste to time and money. Only one road was open. Not a good place to go.

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, WA
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“Come to see the Cranes!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My friends and I went to the Refuge in January because we had heard so many wonderful things about that area. I am from Seattle and they are from Santa Fe. We loved seeing the hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese along with assorted other waterfowl. If you go, please stop by the newer Visitor Center which has tons of information about the waterways. And please stay until twilight to witness a spectacular nature event: the fly-in. The birds move from their day areas and fly in to their night sleep areas, hundreds of them! We just stood out and watched them coming in, uttering their vocalizations loudly! The photos of them against the sunset are spectacular! It's a wonderful outing, plus there are restaurants in Socorro serving fabulous green-chile burgers!

Visited January 2013
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“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Went on a photography workshop with Keith Bauer, Greg Basco and Doug Brown, It was fabulous. The sight of massed snow geese and sandihill cranes has to be seen to be believed.
I went in November when temperatures were a little nippy; actually, I lie - we went shooting in the early morning and sometimes, it was brutally cold. With adequate preparation (read; Don't leave home without footwarmers"!!!) one could focus on the stunning scenery and forget about the near-arctic conditions.

Visited November 2012
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“Peaceful Reflections”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

As newly retired and full time RVers we are working as park hosts in New Mexico. Each week we get 5 days which gives us plenty of time to explore. We heard some stories about the best cheeseburgers in a little town called San Antonio just south of Socorro. However when we left I-25 and headed into town we saw a sign indicating that the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was just 8 miles south of town. Since it was early afternoon we decided to check it out before coming back to try one of the famous cheeseburgers.

When we arrived at the visitor center we were amazed at the size and scope of the refuge. We took the l2 mile loop and were amazed to see so many birds. There were Sand Hill Cranes, Snow Geese and many variety of ducks. The day we were there it was so quite and with no wind blowing we were just able to enjoy the peacefulness.

We would highly recommend that if you get a chance this is a place you should stop and see. Also, the Green Chile Cheeseburger at the Buckhorn in San Antonio was out of this world.

Visited February 2013
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vancouver, canada
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“Incredible sites of snow geese.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This gorgeous forest has about 1 1/2 mile loop with several large ponds which is readily accessible by car. Saw several thousand snow geese & Ross's geese. Excellent informative visitor Center with displays & information on the local wildlife & a gift shop.

Visited February 2013
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