Bosque del Apache Redux

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 every where 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 it’s own instrument on 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 red heads. 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 Albuequerque
– 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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  1. You weren’t kidding. Those are amazing sunsets! I haven’t been to this park before. But from your stunning pictures it looks like something we definitely should consider!

  2. Neely Moldovan says:

    Oh wow absolutely stunning photos. Looks like a really incredible place to visit!

  3. I have never been to New Mexico but it is on my travel bucket list. That photographer’s photos are stunning.

  4. This looks so beautiful! I’m actually pretty bummed because we had a cross-country trip through New Mexico and this was close to the route we took! I wish I had known about it then.

  5. Lovely photos! You made me want to take a trip to New Mexico right now. However, I would rather wait for warmer weather to do that. Anyway, thanks for letting me know about another awesome place to take my family to.

  6. Unfortunately, I live too far from New Mexico, but of course, planning for a trip won’t hurt. I love those sunset photos! That place is indeed teeming with wildlife! So happy that the birds and other animals were given a protected area where they can be in their natural habitat.

  7. That sandhill crane shot is money! So love the Mr.’s photography skills and how they’ve improved in the decade-ish since we met virtually =)

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Kristin, thank you, I will pass on the compliment. I agree too, I have seen such a progression over the years as well.

  8. Elizabeth O says:

    New Mexico is one of my favorite states in the US. It is so beautiful and deeply spiritual in a way that elevates our creativity.

  9. 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.

  10. Calvin F says:

    Beautiful wildlife and sunset!

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