Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Bosque Apache, which means "woods of the Apache", was named for the Native Americans who often camped in the riverside forest. This is one of our favorite places in New Mexico. There is always something to see but the busiest time of year is the week before Thanksgiving when the refuge hosts the "Festival of the Cranes". The Rio Grande river cuts through the 57,331 acre refuge in Socorro County, New Mexico. It ranges in elevation from 4,500 to 6,195 feet above sea level.
Some of the wildlife you will have the opportunity to see is Thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese along with Ross Geese, Speckle Belly and Canada Geese. You will also see a wide variety of other waterfowl including Pintail and Widgeon, we also were lucky enough to see a White Pelican. There are hawks, eagles and don't forget the Road Runner among the many different species that are present on the refuge. If you want to see mammals then you have the chance to see Elk, Mule Deer, Coyote, Bobcat and Cougar. We saw all but the cougar!
Bosquel Apache is a must visit if you are a wildlife photographer or just enjoy viewing wildlife. For more information go the the refuge website at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmexico