The Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in Socorro, New Mexico hosts this amazing natural event.
The Festival of the Cranes is one of the highlights of fall season in New Mexico, and is a must-see day trip from Albuquerque!
Imagine a crisp New Mexico early winter morning. Rich magenta and vivid blue colors of sunrise have just started to peek over the horizon. The unmistakable cry of sandhill cranes sends an invisible ripple through the sky, and quickly gains a nearly deafening amplitude. Suddenly, like a smoothly coordinated army, the Sandhill Cranes, in the thousands, take to flight as a single group. The sky overhead is quickly filled with a tight mass of Sandhills, the beating of their wings creating a soundwave that is both heard and felt. Wonderful stuff!
The Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in Socorro, New Mexico is home to the Festival of the Cranes every November, an unforgettable and photogenic natural event that must be seen, making an unforgettable day trip from Albuquerque. For 2016, the dates are November 16-20.
Not only are the migrating Sandhill Cranes putting on a wonderful show every winter, but more than 370 species of birds take advantage of the riparian forests and wetlands of this beautiful refuge. Mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish add an additional 160 or so wildlife species that can be observed at various time of the year in this diverse setting.
Come November, the Festival of the Cranes makes this a top day trip for anyone visiting Albuquerque. Indeed, it is reason enough to put a trip to Albuquerque on your itinerary. I highly recommend this as one of the most unforgettable day trips from Albuquerque!
By the way, this also gives you a good reason to sample a local cafe just outside of the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge known for making some of the best green chile cheeseburgers in the world! The Owl Bar and Cafe (check out this listing).