Drive South of Socorro, NM, on Hwy 25, and follow the signs to the Refuge, turning off the Hwy at San Antonio, NM. It should take no more than 15 minutes from this point, unless you pull off the side of the road at one of the many ponds to view the variety of fowl and wildlife that abound. There is a beautiful Visitor's Center and gift shop to visit prior to entering the Refuge itself.
New Mexico is such a beautiful state, and my husband and I planned our trip to correspond with the fall/winter weather. We did not find out until after we had booked our trip that the Festival of the Cranes was occuring during our two weeks there. What a magnificant spectacle to see thousands of Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, Canadian Geese and other species together at sunrise and at sunset. It was a special gift to us that we were not expecting, and we embraced it fully!
A flock of migrating Snow Geese returning to roost, and captured in the colors of the quickly rising new moon, was my prime objective to photograph while attending the 2013 Festival of the Cranes, Bosque del Apache NWR, NM. Photographers and bird lovers were on a viewing platform, anticipating where the moon would rise, and what birds would be seen during the moon's richest color. When different flocks began to cross the moon, it was difficult to tell the species, but I was beyond pleased with this capture of the Snow Geese.