New Mexico with Front Range Birding Company

(December 8-12, 2016)

Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is one of the world’s premier birding destinations in winter. During winter months, Bosque will host as many as 14,000 sandhill cranes and 32,000 snow and Ross’s geese. Seeing the dawn “Fly Out” is an experience you will never forget! If you’re lucky you can also see “puffs” of snow geese, thousands rising into the air, sometimes within 10-20 feet of you. In addition to a full day at Bosque, this 5-day road trip will include birding stops at state parks along the way and Sandia Crest for rosy-finch banding.


Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect United States adventure that meets your needs.



DAY 1 (Thurs, Dec 8): Denver/ Albuquerque.  Morning carpool departure from Denver for drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico with birding en route. Overnight at Hampton Inn and Suites Albuquerque North or similar. (L,D)

DAY 2 (Fri, Dec 9): Albuquerque/ Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge/ Socorro. Birding en route to Bosque del Apache. An afternoon arrival to Bosque will allow time to scout overnight locations for snow geese. Overnight at Comfort Inn and Suites Socorro. (B,L,D)

Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache

DAY 3 (Sat, Dec 10): Socorro/ Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge/ Albuquerque. Wake up early this morning and head to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge arriving before sunrise and the dawn “Fly Out”. You’ll spend most of the day exploring Bosque with ample time for birding and photography. Overnight at Hampton Inn and Suites Albuquerque North or similar. (B,L,D)

Birding at Bosque del Apache

Roadrunner - Bosque del Apache

Day 4 (Sun, Dec 11): Albuquerque/ Sandia/ Santa Fe. Morning departure to Sandia Crest for birding followed by an afternoon rosy-finch banding session. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers in historic Santa Fe. Overnight at Hampton Inn and Suites Santa Fe or similar. (B,PL,D)

Day 5 (Mon, Dec 12): Santa Fe/ Denver. After a morning in the Santa Fe area, head back to Denver with time for birding en route. (B,L)


Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; PL=Picnic Lunch; D=Dinner

Price: $755 per person (double occupancy). Single supplement: $275.

Price includes accommodations, two driver/guides (Tom Bush and Chip Clouse from Front Range Birding Company), spotting scopes available, entrance fees, activities and meals as listed in the itinerary.

Exclusions: fuel costs (to be split among participants).