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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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Best activity in Roswell for us!

We love birding! We were here midday Monday and pretty much had the place to ourselves. We also had our dog and a picnic with us. My husband went into the Visitor Center and had a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Connie C
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Grapeland, Texas
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Grapeland, Texas
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472 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We love birding! We were here midday Monday and pretty much had the place to ourselves. We also had our dog and a picnic with us. My husband went into the Visitor Center and had a nice conversation with the couple manning the center. I explored the grounds around the center and we ended up having a lovely picnic at... More 

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Alpena, Michigan
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 4:06 and the visiter center closes at 4:00. The ranger did give us a map and said feel free to drive around the refuge. We found black-legged stilts, white faced ibis, snowny egrets, American coots, and many others

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Thank mightywoman
Houston, United States
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is close to town, but light years away from civilization. I was here on a spring Saturday morning and there were only a couple other people there. The place is quiet of human noise and full of nature and its noises. I spent several hours enjoying myself here. Well worth the visit and will go again.

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Thank Scott S
Roswell, New Mexico
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quiet, relaxing view of the desert and a great place to watch birds migrate. My wife and I go on occasion just to quietly watch the birds come in in the fall. It's a must if you want a quiet getaway.

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Emmaus
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54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is a great place to see all sorts of water birds: ducks, geese, shorebirds, cranes, etc. There is a nice visitor center at the north end, and pit toilets at the south end where there are also some walking trails,

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very pleasant place to stop and stretch legs. The kids didn't want to leave. Would have liked to stay longer myself.

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Portland, Oregon
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46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Artesian springs bring groundwater to the surface and create wetlands and sinkholes in this desert landscape. These habitats change with the seasons and attract an abundance and diversity of migratory and resident wildlife. They have a beautiful visitor center (catch their videos!) and a very nice auto tour loop (with pull offs, trails, and overlooks) that circles several wetland basins... More 

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Thank S M
New York Mills, MN, United States
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is a National Wildlife Refuge bought and paid for by people who purchase Federal Duck Stamps. This is worth your time to come and visit. A great place for kids and adults alike to come and learn about the great abundance of wildlife and native plants in the Roswell area. Great for bird watching spring, summer and fall. Welcome... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Bitter Lakes Refuge is a wintering area for migratory birds. It is a group of shallow brackish lakes and home to Snow Geese, Canada Geese and Sand Hill Cranes in the winter. You can drive through most of the area and it has a couple of lookouts for parking. My uncle, an avid birder found several new species here. In... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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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