Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
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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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Address
4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
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ROCtraveler30
Fort Collins, CO1,501 contributions
Few Birds in April
Apr 2021
When we stopped by in early April many of the ponds and marshes were dry, and there were very few birds of any kind around. We did the drive around the perimeter, and walked to a few of the lookouts without much success. This was in contrast to other wildlife refuges we visited in NM that were full of bird life in the same week. Perhaps another time of year is better at Bitter Lake.
Written April 11, 2021
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Kathryn K
Houston, TX110 contributions
Interesting.
Jul 2020
This was an interesting place to visit. The facilities were closed due to the coronavirus. There is a gravel road that you may drive on that encircles the area and has look-out vantage points.
Written July 16, 2020
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Michael G
5 contributions
Evening and morning view
Feb 2020
Went to the reserve at sunset to catch the geese returning. Had to wait until dark but the snow geese arrived. It was fun hearing, and then seeing, them come back in flocks. Returned in the morning at sunrise and just caught the take off. Pretty cool. I don't think the numbers were at their peak but still glad I took the time to go. Maybe more a birder thing but if you enjoy nature, the preserve is a cool place to explore. Hope to go back some day with more time to explore.
Written February 20, 2020
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Angeles
Burien, WA1,522 contributions
Very quiet in December.
Dec 2019
We visited in early December and it was very quiet. We went late in the afternoon and again at sunrise the next morning. Each time there were only two other vehicles in the whole reserve. The gate was open before official sunrise which was nice. Nice observation points. We had been to Bosque at the same time of year and there were hordes there. Not as many birds as Bosque, but still good flocks of sandhill cranes and snow geese.
Written December 13, 2019
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VJ7250
Menahga, MN57 contributions
Well worth your time!
Nov 2019 • Couples
We have been amazed at all the wildlife (particularly the birds) on the refuge. There is a nice welcome center with exhibits and an auditorium with a movie on the area and dragonflies (only like 20 minutes long). In addition, there is a scenic drive, like 7 plus miles for viewing. There are also some hiking trails, just watch for the snakes in season. Well worth your time, particularly if you are interested in birds (the sandhill cranes and snow geese are currently in!!!)
Written November 5, 2019
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trouthook69
Belton, TX469 contributions
Stop on way to Carlsbad.
Oct 2019 • Couples
Great refuge.Even though it was the middle of the afternoon We were able to see 100s of sandhills coming in. Scattered types of Geese and ducks were present. Very low on water so birds were far away and without good binoculars you would not see birds.Highlight was aGolden Eagle. Visitor was closed but still worth the drive
Written October 27, 2019
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JcqieA
Houston, TX94 contributions
Surprise on a Hot Summer's Day
Jul 2019
We drove out to the refuge from Roswell. We drove though an area that had over 1400 acres of solar panels (a solar farm). The staff were able to answer all of my husband's questions about the solar. We watched two short movies about the water supply and the dragonflies that are unique to the area. We will come back in the fall when it is not so hot and walk around. The dragonfly festival is on September 7 and that would be fun event for chldren.
Written July 19, 2019
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Ethan Crisp
Oklahoma City, OK206 contributions
Scenic & Desolate
Jul 2019 • Solo
Although the wildlife was scarce on my visit, it was a great peaceful drive in a very pretty setting. Located less than 10 minutes from Roswell’s Main Street this is a great place to come for a relaxing drive & picturesque scenery.
Written July 8, 2019
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Olivia D
4 contributions
Crazy
Jun 2019 • Solo
People these days find everything on iPhone. For then I am crazy to drive for bird watching and I like to be crazy I travel every year for birdwatch on different place and I am happy I came to this place this year
Written June 7, 2019
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cacafonix
Swansea71 contributions
Great change of pace from aliens!
May 2019 • Couples
November through February are spectacular, but year-round there is always something fascinating to see. Visitor center is helpful - ask to see the intro film, it’s very good. Decent hiking trails - one longish, several short
Written May 15, 2019
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