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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

#6 of 25 things to do in Roswell Features Animals
4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
+1 505-622-6755
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A wonderful place for wildlife

My introduction to Bitter Lake was the very well equipped Visitor Center that has a deck that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eastern NC
Wonderful Wild LIfe

This is a great place to see wild life. During the migration period the waters are covered in all... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
John B
Roswell, New Mexico
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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4200 E Pine Lodge Rd, Roswell, NM 88201-9220
+1 505-622-6755
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a great place to see wild life. During the migration period the waters are covered in all types of water foul. We have seen cranes, ducks, geese and birds I could not identify. There is a really nice welcome center with a lot...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We stopped by to see the area. Found it very peaceful and wished I had brought my Binoculars. There are many birds and wildlife this refuge supports. Who would of known this water was here. Excellent rocking chairs are available indoors if you do not...More

Thank Tami V
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Visiting Roswell on our way to Carlsbad Caverns. Spent a few days in town doing touristy things, but really wanted to be out in nature. Perfect place for that is Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Visitor center is wonderful with two informative films, a nice...More

Thank madeline107
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

I stopped by briefly on my way to Albuquerque, and wish I had allotted more time for thoroughly exploring the refuge. Clearly a respite for birds and it was also pleasant and quiet for humans. It was fun to see so many Scaled Quail, swallows,...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We love birding! We were here midday Monday and pretty much had the place to ourselves. We also had our dog and a picnic with us. My husband went into the Visitor Center and had a nice conversation with the couple manning the center. I...More

Thank Connie C
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We arrived at 4:06 and the visiter center closes at 4:00. The ranger did give us a map and said feel free to drive around the refuge. We found black-legged stilts, white faced ibis, snowny egrets, American coots, and many others

Thank mightywoman
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This place is close to town, but light years away from civilization. I was here on a spring Saturday morning and there were only a couple other people there. The place is quiet of human noise and full of nature and its noises. I spent...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This is a quiet, relaxing view of the desert and a great place to watch birds migrate. My wife and I go on occasion just to quietly watch the birds come in in the fall. It's a must if you want a quiet getaway.

Thank kylerbullock
Reviewed 3 April 2017

This park is a great place to see all sorts of water birds: ducks, geese, shorebirds, cranes, etc. There is a nice visitor center at the north end, and pit toilets at the south end where there are also some walking trails,

Thank Bern666
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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.