Plan Your Visit

Outdoor exhibit / USFWS

Welcome to the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge for our nature trails and outdoor recreational activities are open and accessible to the public!

Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center:

The Refuge' Visitor Center is currently closed out of caution to ensure health and safety to our visitors. 

Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public. View our Agency COVID-19 Announcement Letter.  

Our Refuge's National Wildlife Refuge System Blue Goose Passport Book stamp is in the link, for your convenience.

Refuge Trails:
The Refuge is open every day from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. The tour road is open daily. Trails are open all year from dawn to dusk. Restroom facilities are available on the wildlife drive. See our Refuge map showing the boundary, visitor access trails, overlooks, auto tour road, outdoor restrooms, and lakes. View the Refuge in © Google MapsEnjoy your public lands!

Special Events and Activities:
The refuge offers a variety of special events and activities occasionally throughout the year! An Events Calendar will be displayed when there are fun things to do.

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 Information
Roswell Chamber of Commerce at (575) 623-5695 or visit their website.