Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in southern Socorro County, New Mexico, is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It lies in the Albuquerque Basin, near the Rio Grande astride New Mexico Route 1, formerly U.S. Highway 85. The refuge was founded in 1939.
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.
Some 377 species of birds have been observed on the refuge since 1940. The wetlands attract the huge flocks of wintering cranes and geese that are the refuge’s most interesting feature. Many other species—notably waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds of prey—also winter in the refuge. Bosque del Apache attracts thousands of photographers during the winter to take advantage of the flocks of Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife, who choose this place during their annual migration.
Bosque del Apache, New Mexico