Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
1001 NM-1, San Antonio, NM 87832
The 32nd Annual Festival of the Cranes is a celebration of the winter migration of the sandhill cranes to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Avid birders from around the world flock to the Refuge to view the spectacular exhibit of fowl.
For peak viewing arrive at the Refuge thirty minutes before sunrise and witness the huge array of roosting birds set out for their day of foraging. Head back in the afternoon about thirty minutes before sunset to watch the birds return from their hard day of work.
In the meantime drive the Refuge’s tour loop for a closer look at the remaining animals on the scene and participate in one of the many events associated with the Festival. There are over 100 tours, workshops, socials and events so there is always something fun and interesting to do.
Visit the FESTIVAL OF THE CRANES website or call Friends of Bosque de Apache at 575-838-2120 or Festival of the Cranes 575-835-2077 for more information.
Come to Bosque del Apache and celebrate the return of sandhill cranes this November! This is a nationally recognized wildlife, birding, and photography festival.
Over one hundred classes and tours will be offered.
Bosque del Apache is open from September thru May the visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.
The air is filled with honking of geese and guttural call of cranes. Flocks of snow geese abandon their feeding grounds when frightened by a stalking coyote or eagle. At dusk, flights of geese and cranes return to roost tin the marshes or on the Rio Grande.
Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl.
The refuge is well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks who winter here each year.
During spring and fall migration, the 57,331-acre refuge is a spot to rest and refuel for many birds as they follow the Rio Grande through the woodlands which hug the riverbanks, called bosque.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge contains thirty-thousand acres of wilderness, providing solitude and offering adventure to those who seek it.
This dry desert habitat is home to jackrabbits, quail, and lizards, as well as creosote, sunflower, and mesquite.
Bosque del Apache is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.