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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 14 things to do in Socorro Features Animals
1001 State Highway 1, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 505-835-1828
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Beautiful spot, lots of ducks.

This refuge is quite large. It has 2 six mile loops for animal and bird observation that are... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Avon, Connecticut
Excellent Birding Opportunities

This is a birders paradise, haven or heaven! Plan to take your time and enjoy the wildlife, birds... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Mary P
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“sandhill cranes” (117 reviews)
“snow geese” (110 reviews)
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1001 State Highway 1, Socorro, NM 87801
+1 505-835-1828
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This refuge is quite large. It has 2 six mile loops for animal and bird observation that are designed for driving. There are also numerous short hikes and observation areas. We saw a great quality of ducks in the northern loop. This is kind of...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

This is a birders paradise, haven or heaven! Plan to take your time and enjoy the wildlife, birds, deer, javelina, turtle, skunk, road runners. We love NWR areas. Use caution for snakes and mountain lions we did not see. There are clean pit toilet stops...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely nature area not too far off the highway. Lots of birds. Other than deer (and birds) we did not see any animals. The visitor center has some good interactive displays, a theater, and offers the junior ranger program for kids. The cactus garden has...More

Thank GypsySouls5
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Love bird watching and peaceful animals walk around. Sunset by the water is so beautiful. fun with family.

Thank sfccdast
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Had we come at the peak season, I'm sure that we would have rated it higher. The sandhill cranes had departed, as had many of the ducks and geese. We did experience, up close, one sizeable flock of snow geese, some Canada geese, turkeys and...More

Thank raytrav
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Hubby and I visited on a warm, sunny Saturday and really, really enjoyed our day. Stop in the visitor center first for a map and tips on where wildlife has been seen. Then take the driving tours. There is a north loop which to me...More

Thank mosaiclover
Reviewed 5 March 2017

As "sno-mads" and birders traveling through New Mexico, our first stop was Bosque. Of course, it was the middle of winter, and we didn't expect to see hummers or the usual passerines, but we did have plenty of sandhill cranes and tons of waterfowl: there...More

Thank durrae j
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Sand Oil cranes, sneaky coyotes, and hundreds and hundreds of snow geese taking to their wings or resting as they get ready to migrate back north for the summer. the viewing driving tour is a very good experience, and the trails offered for hikes very...More

Thank wdlander
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Stunning vistas and a serene setting hard to put into words Bosque Del Apache must be expeienced to be understood

Thank zandrew26
Reviewed 24 February 2017

From November thru February when the cranes and snow geese are overwintering, this is a fabulous and popular place to visit. There is a lot to see all day, but many people arrive before dawn and position themselves next to the roosting flocks. Standing right...More

Thank JoDoShep
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I would like to see the morning fly off but don't know specifically where to go. Is it one place on the refuge or multiple?
19 January 2017|
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Response from Susan M | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the commenters who said to check before at the Visitors' Center. The fly-off areas can vary. When I was there last month, the best place was the first pond on the right on the way to the refuge. One day the... More
Jun S
I am looking for photo workshop for this month or next month
17 November 2016|
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Response from travelcatz1 | Reviewed this property |
I've no idea ... but there are so many camera people out here that you can make friends, swop stories, share interests, and get more questions than I can imagine answered.
when is a good time to see both cranes and geese and other birds and wildlife in the refuge? Is it better in early November or later November?
22 June 2016|
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Response from Steveschwartzphoto | Reviewed this property |
The professional tour guide photographers seem to frequent Bosque after the festival. So that puts the preferred time as late November or early December. In November 2015, the bird count was light the week of November 16... More