Bernardo Waterfowl Tour

EASY 3 reviews

Bernardo Waterfowl Tour is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Joya, New Mexico. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, birding, and off road driving.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

off road driving

From I-25 take exit 175 east (Bernardo exit) - and quickly look for the north outer road (NM 116) on the east side of I-25 and take it for about 3.75 miles. On the east side of the road there will be a brown sign for the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl area. Turn east and drive straight over the tracks and soon you will see a large black arch gate. The loop starts straight ahead and signs will tell you how to proceed and where you are not supposed to go.

birding
2 months ago

I am assuming this place is a wonderful place for birding during winter migration, as the signs in the park explain. The "trail" is a ~3 mile loop meant for driving(15mph) or hiking and is flat terrain with little shade. There are some small trails with viewing platforms for bird watching along the way, as well as plenty of places for picnicking and outdoor bathrooms, as well. I know I came in off season but saw some killdeer, roadrunner and wrens!

hiking
3 months ago

birding
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I really enjoy this area. It has good bird viewing without the crowds and you are able to be closer to the birds here, so you can get better pictures even with a nominal camera.