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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
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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The serenity of this place was just wonderful. It was so beautiful and quiet. A lot of wildlife out there. We saw White Sandhill Cranes which was such a great experience. There... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
jessica a
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The serenity of this place was just wonderful. It was so beautiful and quiet. A lot of wildlife out there. We saw White Sandhill Cranes which was such a great experience. There were beautiful trails. I would love to back when the lake is full. I'm sure it's a sight to behold. We went in September. I just loved it... More 

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derwood, md
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit for migrating birds. Real nice visitors center, a short drive from downtown Roswell.

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a nice drive to get out there. We went during the afternoon and there was no one else out there but us. If you love bird watching, bring binoculars. It was a nice way to break up the day and enjoy some wildlife. We would go back.

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the drive. Beautiful vistas of landscape and sky. Lake is present when there has been a period with lots of rain. Makes for a lovely evening drive. Spectacular sunset.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 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 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

...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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