Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Roswell

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  • October 4, 2017
    Home to several species of migratory birds, this lovely area just outside of Roswell is a great place to visit if you want to get a look at some wildlife. In addition to the visitor's center, there's ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Starting with the great displays at the visitors center, with it's knowledgeable staff, Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for birding (especially waterfowl and shore birds), Drago...  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    If you don't know Roswell, you would not expect to find this marshy area where birds stop over on their migration. The Refuge often has special events like Dragon Fly day, but the big attraction are t...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 5, 2017
    It's not too far out of town and it has some beautiful birds. Nice place to get away and relax
  • June 18, 2017
    A beautiful place to drive through while you're on your way to Ruidoso, New Mexico!
  • October 3, 2016
    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.
  • October 11, 2016
    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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