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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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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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Santee, California
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Thank Cassandra C
Beaufort, South Carolina
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Thank NZTrips
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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 reviews
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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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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2 Thank Tre' A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Sara P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
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 20 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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Hillsboro, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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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