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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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