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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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Birding Paradise

I went out to Bitter Lake the first night to hike around not knowing what to expect. For hiking, there's not much to offer, but for birding, this place was great. I went out the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2016
Tre' A
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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very nice refuge, with lots to see! We saw a ton or birds, butterfly's and dragonflies. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The walking trails were very nice as well.

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Roswell, New Mexico
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

...We drove through on a quiet day, and it felt like the park was ours. Many types of birds, and places to get out and take photos, there are many short hikes if you like. Very sunny, no shade, so wear your sunglasses and a hat. ...we got GREAT photos of a "Blue Heron" and his fishing abilities...in shallow lake... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I went out to Bitter Lake the first night to hike around not knowing what to expect. For hiking, there's not much to offer, but for birding, this place was great. I went out the second night just for that. The visitor's center was closed both nights by the time I got there, but there was plenty of time before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

I drove through on a quiet day, and it felt like the park was mine. A ton of birds, places to get out and take photos, and short hikes if you like. Very sunny, no shade, so pack the sunscreen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

When I arrived the visitors center had closed I was able to walk around the back and it was so beautiful and peaceful. I will return to just go a sit out back and enjoy the view. The drive around the area was just a peaceful. I can't wait to go back.

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Peterborough, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We stopped here on our way through Roswell, giving ourselves a couple of hours to visit. It was quite a way in from the highway. The Visitors Center was really interesting with displays of the birds and wildlife that make the Refuge their home. The Park Ranger was great to talk to and full of information. We walked around the... More 

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Medina, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Like many wildlife refuges in the west, this refuge is largely dry desert with some lakes and streams that are the gathering place for birds and wildlife. There is a very nice visitor center and a wildlife drive that gets you to the best birding spots. As you travel through the dryer desert areas you may see a few birds... More 

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Thank Mark M
Hillsboro, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Very nice visitors center. The staff was very helpful in answering questions. The gift shop is well equipped with many educational items and souvenirs. There is a gravel road designed for visitors to drive around the park in order to view the wildlife that is present. I think there is even a bicycle trail. It's nice a quiet and could... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is a great place to see a lot of water fowl that migrates down from the north and enjoys a rest here on there way to Louisiana, Texas for the winter...

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

The Visitor's Center closes at 4 pm so if you don't want to miss that, get there in time. The refuge drive is open until sunset so you can still enjoy the Pecos River refuge just at the end of day. Very windy our visit so we didn't walk out to the bird blinds, but well positioned to see where... More 

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