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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
Phone Number: +1 505-622-6755
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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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Bird Haven and Heaven

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hillman, Minnesota
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Hillman, Minnesota
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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 14 September 2016

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

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

It's a nice drive to get out there. We went during the afternoon and there was no one else out there but us. If you love bird watching, bring binoculars. It was a nice way to break up the day and enjoy some wildlife. We would go back.

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Well worth the drive. Beautiful vistas of landscape and sky. Lake is present when there has been a period with lots of rain. Makes for a lovely evening drive. Spectacular sunset.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

This is a very nice refuge, with lots to see! We saw a ton or birds, butterfly's and dragonflies. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The walking trails were very nice as well.

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Roswell, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

...We drove through on a quiet day, and it felt like the park was ours. Many types of birds, and places to get out and take photos, there are many short hikes if you like. Very sunny, no shade, so wear your sunglasses and a hat. ...we got GREAT photos of a "Blue Heron" and his fishing abilities...in shallow lake... More 

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