New Mexico: Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache

Cranes at Bosque del Apache. Photo courtesy of Kate Fitzmier.

Bosque del Apache

An incredible spectacle of nature takes place every November at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Nature lovers from around the country will gather every November in Socorro, New Mexico for the annual Festival of the Cranes. Festival goers congregate twice a day to marvel at the thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese flying out at dawn and returning at dusk.

Between the deafening vocalizations of the cranes and geese during takeoff and arrival, festival participants can take advantage of a wide array of tours, lectures, and exhibits. Of special interest are the tours to areas of the refuge not normally available to the public. Photographers can devote themselves to a three-day workshop where they engage in a multitude of training through classroom presentations and plentiful amounts of individual assistance in the field.

There is plenty to appreciate when visiting this 57,191-acre refuge that straddles the Rio Grande. Be sure you make the Festival of the Cranes a priority this year or in the future. It is a premier event you won't want to miss.