Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is 7 mi. e. to 4200 E. Pine Lodge Rd. The refuge occupies more than 24,000 acres of grassland, ponds and desert shrubs. A 6-mile drive tour offers glimpses of wintering waterfowl, sandhill cranes, red-tailed hawks and other species of birds. Salt Creek Wilderness can be entered only on foot or horseback; the access point is off US 70 near the Pecos River. The best time for viewing large waterfowl is October through November.
The refuge also supports one of the most diverse populations of dragonflies and damselflies in North America, and the Dragonfly Festival is celebrated every year in September.