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Sandhill Cranes of Bosque del Apache and Much More Go Back
Birding in a relaxed and friendly environment while adding to your Life List and enjoying great scenery along the way.

9 Meals Included
Tour Dates: November 7 - 12, 2017
From $1495.00 (USD) Double Occupancy
6 Day Tour
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BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE is popularly known as a wintering site for sand hill cranes and snow geese, and rightfully so; by November its marshes and prairies are festooned with thousands of cranes and geese. However, the cranes and geese are merely the beginning of birding and scenic opportunities in central New Mexico, and our tour will introduce you to many more exciting areas!

Our adventure will include LAS VEGAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, a major wintering area for waterfowl. At the RIO GRANDE NATURE CENTER in Albuquerque, ducks on the river are joined by a multitude of possible songbirds.
 We travel south of Socorro to sites far enough south to find numerous species typical of the arid southwest.

Having sampled a wide variety of avian appetizers, we are now ready for the main course: BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (“Apache Woods”). Here we will be treated to the prehistoric calls of the cranes and honking of thousands of snow geese. By now we have explored huge tracts of lowland rivers marshes and lakes as well as arid desert upland, so it is time for a change of pace. SANDIA CREST is widely known for its high altitude “winter finches”, and we will take a tram ride to the top to view the amazing scenery and look for high altitude species. On our tour we will pack a variety of exciting destinations and a huge potential bird list into a colorful southwestern landscape for an experience not soon to be forgotten! Join us for The Cranes of Bosque del Apache…….and much, much more!
Program Fee
Price includes motorcoach transportation, five nights’ hotel accommodations, meals as indicaed, admissions to all birding sites.
Cost does not include transportation from home city to Denver, Colorado.
Price per person double occupancy is $ 1495 and single occupancy $ 1845
Does Not Include meals and snacks not listed in itinerary above; alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature. Does not include optional travel protection plan.
Terms & Conditions
A deposit of $200 per person is required to confirm registration. Final payment is due by September 5, 2017, and must be paid by check or money order to Leisure West Tours & Cruises, 1266 Strong Street, Brighton, Colorado 80601. Please note the program fee is based on a minimum of 12 paying participants. Should the number of participants fall below this number, participants will be contacted and given the option of paying an additional supplement or cancellation with full refund. There is a maximum of twenty participants on this trip.
Cancellation Policy
Your deposit and/or final amounts are refundable, less a $25 per person cancellation fee for any cancellation received prior to September 5, 2017. After September 5, 2017, payments are nonrefundable. If the trip is canceled due to insufficient bookings, a full refund will be given.
Your Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
We will depart the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and travel to Las Vegas, New Mexico. Lunch will be included enroute. Our adventure begins at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, a major wintering area for waterfowl. Here we may see more than twenty species of geese, ducks and grebes. Prairie falcon and golden eagle are among the many possible raptors that winter here. Merlin and ferruginous hawk are possible. Hotel accommodations will be Best Western Plus Montezuma Inn in Las Vegas New Mexico. Dinner on your own.

Day 2: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Continuing our travels southward, we will stop at the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque. Birding the Nature Center should offer ducks on the river joined by a multitude of possible songbirds; sparrows, nuthatches, chickadees, bluebirds, phoebes and woodpeckers brighten the surrounding woodlands and fields. We’ll stop in Old Town Albuquerque for lunch and free time on your own. Continuing south, we’ll spend the evening at the Elephant Butte Inn in Elephant Butte, New Mexico. Dinner on your own in the restaurant located in the Inn. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Thursday, November 9, 2017
We travel to Elephant Butte State Park and Caballo Lake State Park for the next leg of our southwestern exploration. We are now far enough south to find numerous species typical of the arid southwest: phainopepla, pyrrhuloxia, black-tailed gnatcatcher, Gambel’s quail, crissal thrasher, black-chinned sparrow and white-winged dove are just a few of the possibilities. The next two nights will be spent at the Holiday Inn Express in Socorro, New Mexico. Breakfast and box lunch included. Dinner on your own.

Day 4: Friday, November 10, 2017
Having sampled a wide variety of avian appetizers, we are now ready for the main course: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (“Apache Woods”). Here we will be treated to the prehistoric calls of the cranes and honking of thousands of snow geese. The cranes and geese are not the whole show here, either. We may see a roadrunner scurrying up a draw or the cinnamon flash of a brown thrasher as it assumes a perch atop a tree. After Bosque we will have lunch on your own at the "Famous" Owl Cafe before heading west for a look around Water Canyon (known for its owls and acorn woodpeckers). While we are in the neighborhood, we will visit the Very Large Array radio telescope facility. The Visitor Center features an award-winning film narrated by Jodie Foster, plus exhibits describing radio astronomy and the VLA telescope. A self-guided walking tour path features large, informative signs and takes you to the base of one of the giant dish antennas. Overnight at Holiday Inn Express, Socorro, New Mexico. Breakfast included. 

Day 5: Saturday, November 11, 2017
At this point we have explored huge tracts of lowland rivers marshes and lakes as well as arid desert upland, so it is time for a change of pace. Returning to Albuquerque, we will stop at Sandia Mountain. Sandia Crest is widely known for its high altitude “winter finches”, and we will take the tram ride to the top to take in the amazing scenery and look for rosy-finches, pine grosbeak, red crossbill, Steller’s jay, kinglets, creeper, nuthatches and more. Three-toed woodpecker is possible here! Hotel accommodations will be  Best Western Plus Montezuma Inn inLas Vegas, New Mexico. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner on your own.

Day 6, Sunday, November 12, 2017
On our tour we will pack a variety of exciting destinations and a huge potential bird list into a colorful southwestern landscape for an experience not soon to be forgotten! Return to Denver Museum of Nature in late afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included.


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