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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
+1 505-622-6755
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Its a beautiful place to watch ducks and hundreds of flying birds. Not much to say about the place... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
Menifee, California
Beautiful, quiet place

The visitor center is not very big. I would have liked to be able to hear the sounds of the... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Phoenix, AZ
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
+1 505-622-6755
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Its a beautiful place to watch ducks and hundreds of flying birds. Not much to say about the place except to watch birds seasonal for some birds.

Thank staiger2012
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The visitor center is not very big. I would have liked to be able to hear the sounds of the migratory birds of this area on a device in the visitor center. Maybe, I missed. The drive around the water area does not allow to...More

1  Thank LSveritasParis
Reviewed 27 October 2017

drove in on a holiday, so the visitor center was closed, but we walked around, then drove along the road on a tour, looking at the wildlife and waters, cliffs etc.

Thank alranlom
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Home to several species of migratory birds, this lovely area just outside of Roswell is a great place to visit if you want to get a look at some wildlife. In addition to the visitor's center, there's a scenic drive and several hiking trails.

Thank CMN14
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Starting with the great displays at the visitors center, with it's knowledgeable staff, Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for birding (especially waterfowl and shore birds), Dragonflies, and unique area that attracts and nourishes these forms of life.

Thank nmtrog
Reviewed 21 September 2017

If you don't know Roswell, you would not expect to find this marshy area where birds stop over on their migration. The Refuge often has special events like Dragon Fly day, but the big attraction are the birds, Fishing also allowed in some areas.

Thank morriss003
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This refuge is near Rosswell NM. Natural springs and small lakes makes this an ideal place for waterfowl (Spring and Fall migrations) and dragonflies. More than 100 types of dragonflies and damselflies inhabit the refuge. September is the time for their dragonfly festival. There is...More

Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 20 September 2017

We went the day before the dragonfly festival. Hardly anyone in the visitors center so we had the staff to ourselves. Very friendly and knowledgable. We took the drive around the refuge and saw a few dragonflies but it was windy. No major flocks accept...More

Thank Katie J
Reviewed 8 September 2017

My wife and I traveled here this past March and enjoyed the refuge immensely. This NWR is located in south eastern New Mexico near the city of Roswell. It was established to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. We enjoyed the auto tour, stopping often...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 17 July 2017

My introduction to Bitter Lake was the very well equipped Visitor Center that has a deck that overlooks the entire refuge. There is also a very nice nature trail to the side of the Visitor Center where butterflies were darting all around the blooming plants....More

Thank AuntieM64
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3 January 2015|
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Response from egliz | Reviewed this property |
We only went to Bitter Lake so I can't compare. We went about an hour before sunset and there were LOTS of birds. Pretty drive around the area.