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Bosque del Apache Redux

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The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is one of the many hidden gems in the National Park portfolio, I’ve been constantly amazed by the beauty that is everywhere in the United States, it’s one of the things I have appreciated most about our year on the road.

When we visited New Mexico in February I was surprised by how much Mr. Misadventures loved Bosque del Apache. I thought it was a pretty cool spot, but after spending a week visiting this refuge on numerous occasions, I can tell you it’s pretty special.

For nothing else, the sunrises…

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Sunrise at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

…and the sunsets…

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Sunset at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

…are spectacular.

Then there are the birds, which are bountiful. The various species seem to live in harmony and each contributes its own instrument to the cacophony that is the daily occurring symphony here in this park.

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Birds at Bosque del Apache. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

During our visit this year there were thousands of Sandhill cranes in every part of the refuge, I couldn’t get enough of their striking redheads. We had seen a couple one day while visiting Grand Teton in May, but the numbers at Bosque del Apache were incredible!

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Sandhill cranes at Bosque del Apache. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

Admission is only $5 and it is definitely a park you can do in one day (don’t miss the eagles) but I recommend two so that you ensure you see both a sunrise and sunset. Also, more of the park is open in the non-winter months with access to other water areas and hikes.

It is not that far from many locations, so plan a trip!
– 2 hours north of Las Cruces
– 1.5 hours south of Albuquerque
– 1 hour north of Elephant Butte (where we stayed)

How about you? Have you visited Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge? How about another wildlife refuge you’re fond of? Do tell!

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Jenn and Ed Coleman

Thursday 26th of July 2018

Wow girl, love your pins. Those are a work of art. Bosque del Apache was "the one that got away" for us. I live in Tucson for 18 years and never could make it when there was water there. The sunrise and sunset look so beautiful. I watched the sunset from Key West today, and it left me wanting for those Arizona / New Mexico beauties. They really are like nothing else in the world. The intensity of the cranes returning to the bosque is amazing too. The land transforms so quickly into an intense and vibrant ecosystem.

Johannes

Friday 30th of March 2018

The Beautiful birds, charming sceneries are mind blowing . Outstanding spot for traveler. My next trip must be New Mexico .

Daniela

Saturday 5th of August 2017

Wow!!! Your photography is simply amazing!

Calvin F

Sunday 28th of May 2017

Beautiful wildlife and sunset!

Michele

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

I've never been there but after seeing your photos I really would like to go! I have been to a couple of wildlife refuges and I loved them all.