This wildlife refuge is for bird watchers and not for those who prefer to get out an mosey around. Most of the bird watching is done from your car or from one of the overlooks. The NWR surrounds MacAllister Lake which is actually owned by the State of New Mexico and it has been opened in the past to camping and fishing (it is not as of this writing and hasn't been for at least two years). People still occasionally disperse camp near the entrance to the lake but I do not know if this is legal or not.
Here is an insider's tip. The first overlook after the NWR HQ features a telescope (free) that people normally use to watch birds. However, this telescope can be used to watch the moonrise or other celestial events. I even hooked my camera up to it one evening to take pictures of the nighttime sky. Very cool. Sometimes they lock the gate on the short road to the overlook at night but it is often open. In any event this is a great place to get away from the city and enjoy the night skies without an extended drive.
If you want to take the scenic drive you need a permit from the ranger station. Sadly, this route is not open for hiking, car only. Back when the lake actually had water in it I would sometimes come out and hike around the lake and listen to the birds cry to each other. Not any more.
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