Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
BLNWR is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk for hiking and wildlife viewing. Look for the Texas horned lizard (Phyrnosoma cornutus) around the Visitor's Center and drier areas of the park. Look along the shoreline for northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) hiding in areas near the Pecos puzzle sunflower (Helianthus paradoxicus) or Wright's marsh thistle (Cirsium wrightii). Western snowy plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus), interior least terns (Sterna antillarum athalassos), ducks, and many other shore birds can be spotted on the salt flats and shallow water areas. Pyrgulopsis roswellensis and Noel's amphipod (Gammarus desperatu) can only be seen on guided tours to the park's springs. BLNWR hosts guided hikes that focus on endangered and endemic species of the park. Hikes are scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, September through May. Hats and binoculars are recommended. The park is located nine miles north of Roswell. Call 505-622-6755, ext. 16 for reservations.