We tried something new. For the first time ever, we went to a bird sanctuary run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, it is called “Bosque del Apache” and located about 100 miles south of Albuquerque (just off I-25). The closest town is San Antonio, NM.
We stayed two nights at a local campground (no frills but decent) called the “Bosque Birdwatcher’s RV Park.” (This park was for sale when we stayed there so I did not include a link to it.)
You can drive any size RV to the park’s visitor center, park it, but then have to drive your car through the park. You CANNOT drive your RV through the park (but I do not know the rules for Pick-Up campers). Call the park and ask.
There is a 12-mile loop road in the park and this is a slow drive with lots of places to stop and see the birds. The total drive takes about 2 hours. You can see lots of birds and other wildlife here. The park floods all the low areas to provide a place for the birds to rest and feed. Local ranchers have planted corn and we were told they just push over the corn in the fields to provide extra feed.
If you call, they tell you exactly what to expect. We called, they said about half the birds were there, so we went. This was about the first of November. I found out that this year, the sand hill cranes started to come in about Oct. 1st and would all be there by the end of Nov. I first checked on this place several years ago when we attended the Balloon Fiesta but that year, the birds were not in so there was no reason to go there.
It was great. Just like you see on TV!!!