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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
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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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Educational visit to Bitter Lake

What a neat visit. We have taken a motorcycle ride there, took our car a few times with friends and family that have visited and each visit is GREAT! We often see wildlife and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
england5860
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Roswell, New Mexico
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Roswell, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a neat visit. We have taken a motorcycle ride there, took our car a few times with friends and family that have visited and each visit is GREAT! We often see wildlife and even cacti blooming. Great for kids and adults alike. Hike to the bottom of the hill by the lake (sometimes water and in summer - not... More 

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North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by on our way to Roswell for a picnic lunch and to stretch our legs. After a quick stop to get the low down on where we could picnic we took off for the 6 mile loop drive. We were told there were a few picnic tables about 1/3 of the way through however we found a spot... More 

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Thank thenextchapter2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We loved visiting this place. We just wish we had more time to explore! The staff is friendly and imformative. The visit to Bitter Lake was fantastic! Lots of great birds to see and things to do! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Thank Hannah K
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We came here in late December, and arrived at around 3 p.m. This gave us some time to watch a short documentary at the visitors center and look at the exhibits, before heading out to drive along the dirt path to see the birds. At first, we didn't really see much, as the birds were far away, but as sunset... More 

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Hillman, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Long drive out there, but so worth it. Lovely center and very nice spots for people to watch the birds comfortably. You can drive out on nicely graded and graveled roads too

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Wells, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is a hidden jewel. We weren't sure if there would be that much to do, what a surprise. Varied habitat, they have a 6 mile auto loop road. It took us 4.25 hours to complete!! Many different birds and stops. It can get a little warm out there so bring water! The visitor center has interesting information and a... More 

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Butler, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Bitter Lake NWR is known for it's migratory bird population and also the 65+ types of dragonflies. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes flock here in the fall and winter coming from as far away as Siberia. There is a self guided car route to drive where you will see various birds and dragonflies. The refuge is clean and the visitors center... More 

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Thank Iris G
Chimayo, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We visited at sunset in mid-October and seems like there should have been huge flocks of waterfowl there...settling in for the night. We saw a few flocks of geese at a distance. But, that being said, it is a lovely area and we enjoyed our visit!

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Thank judyt1957
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

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

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