Plan Your Visit

Refuge' Visitor Center view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

Welcome to the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge!

Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center:
REVISED HOURS:  Open 8am to 4pm (MDT), Monday through Friday.  The Visitor Center will be open sporadically on Saturdays.  Please call (575) 625-4011 to see if the Visitor Center is open on your visit.  The Visitor Center is closed on Sundays and all Federal Holidays.

Refuge staff and volunteers answer questions here in the Visitor Center 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.

Currently, the refuge is in need of Volunteers to greet visitors and assist in maintaining the Visitor Center.  If you enjoy meeting and talking to people, your volunteered time would be greatly appreciated.  Please Contact Us for more information on Volunteering at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  

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.

Our 2019, upcoming annual Dragonfly Festival will be Saturday, September 7th.  

For additional information, visit our Friends of Bitter Lake website. This is a day of FREE, Family friendly activities for All age groups to enjoy! Reservations are required for a variety of Refuge staff Guided Tours. The Reservations are to assure you a seat on one of our Refuge vans.  

The Refuge also hosts a Festival "Pre" Event the Friday before the Dragonfly Festival. This year's Pre Event is on September 6th!  Reservations, to assure a seat in the Refuge Visitor Center, are taken at number : 575-625-4011. Upcoming announcements will be posted on our Refuge website when the Reservation line is open for this year's Festival.   

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.