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“Cranes, waterfowl in a spectacular setting”

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #20 of 52 things to do in Yuma
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

We have visited Cibola NWR on a number of occasions. We make it a day trip from home (San Bernardino) or on a trip to Phoenix or the Tucson area. It's about 30 minutes south of I 10 via Hwy 78 just west of Blythe. Get detailed directions of the local area, as crossing the Colorado river can be tricky.

It has the largest concentrations of Sandhill Cranes for viewing near So Cal. Hunters and birders can coexist well. The developed birding area, Goose loop and nature trail, is separated from the hunting area and generally is not closed during hunting season. The goose loop is a driving loop which offers close up views of cranes feeding in corn fields. There are a few seasonal ponds. The nature tail is an easy walk for viewing migrating passerines. There is a good visitor center generally staffed by very helpful volunteers. Stop there to get current information and to view the wildlife exhibits.

The best time to view Cranes is December and January. Dawn and dusk offer the preferred times for lighting conditions for photographers The mountain background and birds in flight can make for spectacular shots. We have camped nearby on BLM land.

18  Thank Kirk S
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We walked the tree lined trail to the lake-only a few ducks. But then we took the drive around the fields, and saw burrowing owls perched outside their burrows. Right at sunset, the sand hill cranes took to the air and flew over the hills-a beautiful sight.

6  Thank dkayrenick
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

This Refuge is out of the way so plan to spend time getting there, viewing the wildlife then driving to your next destination. Small visitor center but nice trails and self guided auto tour.

9  Thank sweetatr
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

If you like birds this is the place for you. We saw lots of wildlife on the self guided driving tour including Sandhill cranes, Burrowing Owls, Kestrels, Hawks, and more. The kids loved it as well. The visitor's center is very nice. It looks old from the outside but the exhibits inside are excellent and modern. The visitor center staff are VERY knowledgeable and friendly. A must see! It is in the middle of "nowhere" - just follow the signs. This place is a short drive from Blythe, CA. You wont be dissapointed. Bring binoculars.

18  Thank Tenzin_Dream
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Reviewed 9 November 2016
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Thank Uwe E
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