Itching to get out of Socorro? Homework got you too tied down for a long trip? Curious what a dance of cranes, a gaggle of geese, or other flocks of birds sound like? The Bosque del Apache might just be the place for you.
Located just a 20 minute drive south of Socorro, the Bosque is a national wildlife refuge that offers a variety of activities for visitors throughout the year. There is a driving tour studded with viewing decks that is perfect for a more relaxed survey of the area, plus biking and hiking trails for a more wild perspective.
The Visitor Center and picnic area is open 8 AM to 4 PM with additional information about the refuge, its critters, and activities.
While best known for the tens of thousands of wildfowl that spend the winter there in ponds along the Rio Grande, many different creatures call the Bosque home. As spring emerges, cranes, geese, and ducks will begin to head north, while various species of shorebirds take their place. Larger animals such as bobcats, coyotes, and beavers live alongside reptiles and amphibians as they all take advantage of the water source. And don’t forget the cottonwood trees, rushes, and wildflowers!
So if you’re stressed about school or just want to explore some of New Mexico’s natural beauty, take a break and head south.
Find more information online at www.fws.gov/refuge/Bosque_del_Apache
- Evelyn Byrd