Snowy egrets, geese, herons, cranes, owls, pheasants and road runners abound in the Bosque del Apache. My aunt and uncle lived in their RV at the refuge for two winters, volunteering at the visitor's center and on the "farm" plowing under the grains raised in the summer time to feed the thousands of birds that winter-over there. The best time of year to visit is December through February, before the water birds begin their long migration north. Socorro is the nearest large town with many restaurants and hotels, and there is a small RV park on the refuge. The best time to see the birds is right before sunrise when thousands rise into the air after sleeping all night in the ponds. It's cold though, so dress warmly.