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Bosque del Apache NWR

Established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter there each year.

Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, the 57,331-acre refuge harbors a wild stretch of the Rio Grande, a ribbon of cottonwood and willow trees visible on the landscape from distant mesas.

A twelve-mile-long (19 km) loop road divided by a cutoff into a “Farm Loop” and “Marsh Loop” allows automobile drivers excellent views of wetland wildlife and raptors, and there are several short (1.5 to 10 miles) walking trails. The road affords good views of the fields where crops are grown for the benefit of the birds under cooperative agreements with farmers.

Some 377 species of birds have been observed on the refuge since 1940.

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November 2018

Bosque del Apache with Jeff Parker

November 30 - December 3

Nearly 60,000 acres of restored wetlands bordering the Rio Grande provide multitudes…

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December 2018

Bosque Del Apache &amp White Sands with Gordon and Cathy Illg

December 2 - December 8

Flight photography! Night Photography! Bird Photography! Landscape Photography! We'd love to have…

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Bosque del Apache with Maresa Pryor-Luzier and Chuck Luzier

December 2 - December 5

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most beautiful…

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