Bitter Lake NWR is pet friendly. Dogs are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash.

Located where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the Southern Plains, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of the more biologically significant wetland areas of the Pecos River watershed system. Established in 1937 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds, the Refuge plays a crucial role in the conservation of wetlands in the desert Southwest.

Straddling the Pecos River, Bitter Lake NWR is truly a jewel, a wetland oasis inhabitated by a diverse abundance of wildlife species. The Refuge protects and provides habitat for some of New Mexico’s most rare and unusual creatures such as the least shrew, Noel’s amphipod, least tern and Roswell spring snail.

There is no entrance fee and tours are held periodically free of charge.

We also have a gift shop in the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center.
Visitor Center hours are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.