Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center:Open 8am to 4pm (MDT), Monday through Friday. The Visitor Center is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all Federal Holidays.
Refuge staff and volunteers are available to answer questions here and a Nature Store has many helpful field guides, books and information to help make your visit to the refuge enjoyable. Be sure to bring your National Wildlife Refuge System Blue Goose Passport Book and have it stamped! This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted. Restroom facilities are available here during hours of operation.
Refuge Trails:Trails are open all year from dawn to dusk, Monday through Friday. Restroom facilities are available on the wildlife drive. Enjoy your public lands!
Special Events and Activities:The refuge offers many exciting special events and activities! An Events Calendar will be displayed when there are fun things to do. Saturday, September 6 is the annual Dragonfly Festival! This is a full day of scheduled tours and events for the entire family and all at no charge! This year's Festival will continue come rain or shine! View our Event's possible modifications if rain occurs. Move through our Events Calendar to the September 6 date link (located on our Home page), navigate to our Visitor Activities, and Events Calendar page links (in the navigation header above); for all the information on this year's Festival! Reservations for the guided tours have begun. Contact the refuge at our direct telephone number (575) 625-4011 or our temporary, alternate number (575) 910-1276 to make your reservations today!
Directions:Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located about 10 miles northeast of Roswell, in Chaves County, New Mexico. From Roswell (south side), take US 380 (Second Street) east about three miles to Red Bridge Road. Follow Red Bridge Road north to Pine Lodge Road and travel east to the refuge entrance gate. From the north side of Roswell, take US 285 (Main Street) north to Pine Lodge Road. Take Pine Lodge east about 6 miles to the refuge entrance. The lat/long is 33°27’12,10”N 104°24’59.32. The elevation level at the refuge is 1,079 feet.
Helpful InformationRoswell Chamber of Commerce at (575) 623-5695 or visit their website.
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More than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonates) have been documented on Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to what is considered one of the most diverse populations of odonates in North America.