3610 North Main Street
Roswell, NM 88201
Phone: (575) 623-5501
Fax: (575) 623-0550
Spanning 24536 acres (9929.4 hectares), Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a spectacular nature reserve created to protect migratory birds as well as rare wildlife. The Pecos River flowing through the refuge and the surrounding wetlands offer a stunning ecosystem for the native wildlife to thrive. Visitors can explore the park through the numerous trails on offer including Oxbow Trail and the Desert Upland Trail. Biking and hunting are some of the other activities on offer at the park. The Noel's amphipod and Roswell spring snail are some of the endangered native species that can be found here.
Bottomless Lakes State Park gets its name from a series of stunning lakes which are fed by ground water along the Pecos River. Established in 1933, it is the oldest state park in New Mexico and offers visitors, a fascinating glimpse into the region's peculiar topography. A total of nine lakes make up the park's protected areas, with Lazy Lagoon being the largest with a surface area of 26.1 acres (10.56 hectares). Lea Lake gets the most tourist traffic as it's the only lake in which swimming is allowed. The park is of great interest to photographers for its breathtaking landscapes as well as native wildlife. Fishing is a popular activity as well in the park.