Located where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the Southern Plains, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of the more biologically significant wetland areas of the Pecos River watershed system. Established in 1937 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds, the Refuge plays a crucial role in the conservation of wetlands in the desert Southwest.
Straddling the Pecos River, Bitter Lake NWR is truly a jewel, a wetland oasis inhabitated by a diverse abundance of wildlife species. The Refuge protects and provides habitat for some of New Mexico’s most rare and unusual creatures such as the Least Shrew, Noel’s Amphipod, Least Tern and Roswell Spring Snail
Bitter Lakes is home to the Annual Dragonfly Festival in the fall, for more information visit the Friends of Bitter Lakes website
Refuge Trails: Open all year from dawn to dusk, Monday through Friday.
Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
4200 East Pine Lodge Road
Roswell, NM 88201