Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy bird watching at Bosque Del Apache, which offers unique bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. Peak visitation occurs in winter when bald eagles, thousands of sandhill cranes, and snow geese flock to the fields and marshes. Located east off I-25 just south of San Antonio. Exit at 139, head east ¼ mile on US 380 to the flashing signal at San Antonio, turn right on to NM 1, and travel south for nine miles. For more information, call (575) 835-1828, (575) 838-2120, or log on to:
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
Although the majority of the refuge is closed to public use, a few areas are open for public enjoyment, including the visitor center. Sevilleta also hosts an open house in October and offers guided tours at that time. It is located off I-25 at exit 169, then head west. For more information, call (575) 864-4021 or log on to: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmex/sevilleta/index.html.
Water Canyon Campground
CLOSED TO CAMPING UNTIL MARCH.
Enjoy hiking, bird watching, picnicking, and camping at the foot of the Magdalena Mountains at Water Canyon Campground, 21 miles west of Socorro on US 60. For more information, call (575) 854-2281.
Birding in Southern New Mexico
A brochure showcasing the top birding sites in Socorro County and Sierra County is viewable online.