AAA Editor Notes
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is 8 mi. s. of I-25 exit 139 at US 380 and SR 1. It features a 12-mile auto tour route along which are six observation decks, seven hiking trails and a scenic overlook providing access to marsh, grassland and desert upland habitats.
A visitor center contains exhibits pertaining to wildlife that inhabit or visit the refuge, including sandhill cranes, snow geese and more than 380 other bird species as well as coyotes, mountain lions, deer, elk, javalina, turkeys and rattlesnakes. Bird-watching is best from early November to mid-February.
The Laura Jean Deal Desert Arboretum has one of the Southwest's most complete collections of cacti, succulents and native trees and plants. The peak bloom period is April through August.
Fishing and hunting are permitted in designated areas during regulated seasons.
Pets on leash are allowed. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.