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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1001 State Highway 1, Socorro, NM 87801
Phone Number: +1 505-835-1828
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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to...

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to provide "a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife" and to develop wintering grounds for greater sandhill cranes, which were then endangered.Located on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert, the 57,331-acre refuge straddles the Rio Grande approximately twenty miles south of Socorro, New Mexico. The heart of the refuge is 8,000 acres of floodplain where the waters of the Rio Grande have been diverted to create extensive wetlands and agricultural lands. The rest of the refuge is made up of arid foothills and mesas, which rise to the Chupadera Mountains to the west and San Pascual Mountains to the east. Most of these arid uplands are preserved in three Wilderness Areas.Bosque del Apache means "woods of the Apache," named for the Apaches that routinely camped in the riverside forest. Today, Bosque del Apache is known as one of the most spectacular refuges in North America. Each autumn, tens of thousands of birds - including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese and ducks - make the refuge their winter home. The air is filled with honking of geese and guttural call of cranes. Flocks of snow geese abandon their feeding grounds when frightened by a stalking coyote or eagle. At dusk, flights of geese and cranes return to roost tin the marshes or on the Rio Grande. In the summer, Bosque del Apache, thought quiet, remains an oasis for diversity of wildlife, both in the riparian areas and surrounding arid uplands.

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It's just amazing, awsome, wonderful!!!

Our first stop is to visit Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache. And we have to cay it's amazing, awsome, wonderful!!! Imagine thousands of cranes, snow geese and other type of... read more

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our first stop is to visit Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache. And we have to cay it's amazing, awsome, wonderful!!! Imagine thousands of cranes, snow geese and other type of birds flying dance in the sky! We were luck enough to see the dance 3 times at different locations on Nov. 24. Just a small tip that a hat... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had delayed going to the refuge because we heard that the birds were slow coming down due to the warm weather in the north. We got there on November 26th and it was just about perfect. According to the visitor center, there were about 10,000 snow geese, 4,000 Sandhill Cranes, 20,000 Mallards, and an enormous number of Northern Pintail... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We attended the Crane Festival (stayed in Socorro) and made sure to get reservations on the bus that goes to a section of the refuge most folks don't normally get to go (worth the extra $8.00). Wonderful watching the sun rise over the water and the ducks - in addition to the cranes - take off en masse. We have... More 

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Blackwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went last year just after a snow storm and everything was frozen. Saw a few cranes at sunset last year but hoped to get back again to see the cranes. As luck would have it, got the chance again this year, Wow, is it just beautiful here. Not to mention cranes everywhere we looked, flying, eating, dancing. Just awesome! Saw... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted to visit to catch some fall foliage and hopefully some migrating birds. Happened to get there during the Festival of the Cranes! It was incredible! The birds flying in for the evening then actually getting up and out to the Bosque before dawn for their departure is something that really cannot be described. Hearing them sing their song as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great wildlife area, with abundant bird watching. Offer both hiking trails and driving loops for easy access. Festival of Cranes gives free admission to the Bosque.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just amazing! We were with a group, some of whom had been before and knew bird behavior patterns. "Blast offs" at sunrise and sunset were just incredible. We are photographers (amateur) and had so much fun photographing cranes, geese, ducks, and even saw a couple deer!

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La Junta, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese are the stars, but you'll see raptors and different kinds of ducks. Not one bottle cap nor cigarette butt. Nice trails. Nice visitor center. Go in the late afternoon to find out where the big birds settle in for the night. Then get back half an hour before dawn to watch them leave. There are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my 2nd experience for the Festival of Cranes. Excellent organization! The crews and support staff for the festival are all outstanding and very helpful. Very interesting tours - both mine were photo related and the instructors were excellent. Hard to be up in the cold (28deg) 5:30a start but it is well worth it! Saw snow geese, sandhill... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bosky Dell Apache National Refuge certainly lived up to its name and reputation! Friends and I visited the refuge as part of a photography tour and were amazed as we visited the two ponds at the entry as well as both the north and south loops over the course of three days. for a photographer or burger, this site is... More 

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