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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Roswell

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  • My introduction to Bitter Lake was the very well equipped Visitor Center that has a deck that overlooks the entire refuge. There is also a very nice nature trail to the side of the Visitor Center wher...  more »
  • This is a great place to see wild life. During the migration period the waters are covered in all types of water foul. We have seen cranes, ducks, geese and birds I could not identify. There is a real...  more »
  • We stopped by to see the area. Found it very peaceful and wished I had brought my Binoculars. There are many birds and wildlife this refuge supports. Who would of known this water was here. Excellent ...  more »
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  • There is a nice driving route that takes about 30 minutes on gravel roads with lots of scenic overlooks and access to nature trails. There's also a bike path. Lots of cool birds, lizards, and animals to see here.
  • It's not too far out of town and it has some beautiful birds. Nice place to get away and relax
  • A beautiful place to drive through while you're on your way to Ruidoso, New Mexico!
  • Full disclosure : I am a volunteer here but my review is honest. People come here to see the dragonflies and the wide variety of birds both local and migratory. The most awaited migration is the sand hill cranes. There is an 8 mile loop where you may see dragonflies, birds, snakes, horned toads, coyotes, and other "critters". The reserve is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the great outdoors with viewing areas and trails to explore. The visitors center offers a wide range of information and a short film about the reserve and the migration. Facilities are clean, staff and volunteers friendly and helpful.
  • Bitter Lake NWR is an awesome place for wildlife viewing and well known for its dragonfly diversity. This place is a magnet for migrating birds. Depending on the time of year there are a ton of waterfowl, cranes, and shorebirds that are easily seen from the comfort of your car with a binoculars or spotting scope. If hiking is not your thing the auto tour route goes around a large part of the property and offers ample viewing opportunities. There are also several nice easy trails that are readily accessible from the road. The visitor center is very nice with some very informative interpretive displays. All of the volunteers I have encountered are very helpful and knowledgeable. Definitely worth at least one visit.

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