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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Scenic & Desolate

Although the wildlife was scarce on my visit, it was a great peaceful drive in a very pretty... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mrusagetaway
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Crazy

People these days find everything on iPhone. For then I am crazy to drive for bird watching and I... read more

Reviewed June 7, 2019
Olivia D
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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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4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 7, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Olivia D
Reviewed May 15, 2019

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

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank cacafonix
Reviewed May 10, 2019

We currently live in the area. This is one of our favourite picnic locations. We put together a picnic lunch, load the dog up and go hiking. It is quiet and peaceful. A good place to go to recharge after a hectic work week.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank lornas4829
Reviewed April 10, 2019

What a wonderful visitors center and .6 mile loop around the wildlife refuge. The 15 minute video on the wildlife refuge and 5 minute video on dragonflies were very interesting. The things you can learn on road trip. Recommend going, especially if you can time...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank billandgeorgeanna
Reviewed March 19, 2019

Another place with GPS problems. Took us to the back, non-open gate. Check with Google maps before heading there as to whether you will wind up in the right place. There were still a lot of coots, and ruddy ducks, there, plus a whole group...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 2, 2019

We really enjoyed our visit to Bitter Park. The staff was very helpful and answered all our questions or were able to look them up. The loop drive gave us many views of the lake as well as the large number of birds there. We...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

We drove north from east grand plains ,drove into the place saw lots of bird,sandhill cranes,possibly some swans, wood ducks etc.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank R305POmichaelt
Reviewed September 12, 2018

My wife and I travelled to Roswell, NM (yes, THAT Roswell) on business. During the week I indulged in souvenir shopping, alien hunting, and hard liquor purchases in convenience stores, drug stores, Wal Marts, grocery stores, … etc. Yes, I'm from TEXAS! We don't have...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank thePepperzonian
Reviewed May 19, 2018 via mobile

We didn’t get out and hike - the temperature was near 100. We did the auto loop tour on an improved gravel road. My husband had a strong zoom lens on his camera and was able to see many birds in high detail. I was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank CathyL475
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ishamon
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Response from Trickstersawpix | Reviewed this property |
I would give my time to the Bosque. Although I like Bitter Lake a lot, personally I find the Bosque more picturesque. Enjoy your travel.
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