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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Roswell
(4.3/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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. Th...  more »
  • 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, ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • It is an amazing FUN Wild and free environment to relax and enjoy the solidarity and peace of the unique landscape and colors at sunset.
  • Great place, nice visitor center, lots of wildlife, check out the dragonfly festival.
  • Depending on the time of year this can be a very beautiful place to sit and relax enjoying the wildlife around you.