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Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 66600 Cibola Lake Rd, Yuma, AZ 85328-9001
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An Excellent Day of Birding

Our Arizona Field Ornithologists field trip on October 21 was great. The day was divided between driving the Goose Loop Auto Tour, viewing the Visitor Center exhibits, walking the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 October 2016
Diane D
Pima, AZ
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Pima, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Our Arizona Field Ornithologists field trip on October 21 was great. The day was divided between driving the Goose Loop Auto Tour, viewing the Visitor Center exhibits, walking the Cornfield Nature Trail, driving to Hart Mine Marsh and the Island Unit, and birding above Cibola Lake. After about a half day at the Refuge, we had tallied about 80 species.... More 

2 Thank Diane D
Kingman, Arizona, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

It's a remote location. It takes some back road driving. Once you get there, it's quiet. There are lots of species of wildlife to see, but you have to plan it right. Most of the migratory birds leave by mid-March. You aren't allowed out of your car except for one 1.5 mile trail. This trail is nice. It leads to... More 

1 Thank Beth W
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

If you are a bird lover, you will enjoy a trip to Cibola National Wildlife Refuge. At least in January - not sure about other months. This refuge is off the beaten path, some would say in the middle of nowhere, but is worth the trip. We saw thousands of Snow Geese and Canada Geese. I know - you can... More 

5 Thank Lokoloko123
Clio, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

We drove about 175 miles to get to the refuge and was not disappointed. The visitor's center was well equipped with information and the staff very friendly and helpful. The migrating ducks, geese and sandhill cranes were abundant. The stroll through the woodland trails provided exercise and relaxation. Highly recommend this NWR if anywhere in the area.

2 Thank Maryl0u43
Yuma, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

I went, saw lots of dirt. there also happened to be a lot of scrub brush. it was a dusty environment. I poured some water out and counted 47 seconds before the first fly landed on it. yep. its a desert.

7 Thank D B
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2014

Best area in AZ to hunt ducks. Geese hunting also available via a lottery system. Also great viewing for cranes and geese. Well run visitor center. Narrow wooden bridge across the Colorado May not be suitable for a large RV or trailer. Area is about 20 minutes south of I10. Worth a visit to either hunt or view birds.

4 Thank Zack M
Deming, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

If you want to see thousands of Sand Hill Cranes, geese and other birds this is the place. They still farm the land here to feed the birds when they winter here and there is a self guided driving tour thru the fields where you can observe and get great pictures of these magnificent birds.

10 Thank dqdick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2013

We have visited Cibola NWR on a number of occasions. We make it a day trip from home (San Bernardino) or on a trip to Phoenix or the Tucson area. It's about 30 minutes south of I 10 via Hwy 78 just west of Blythe. Get detailed directions of the local area, as crossing the Colorado river can be tricky.... More 

17 Thank Kirk S
Ventura, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

We walked the tree lined trail to the lake-only a few ducks. But then we took the drive around the fields, and saw burrowing owls perched outside their burrows. Right at sunset, the sand hill cranes took to the air and flew over the hills-a beautiful sight.

6 Thank dkayrenick
Mohave Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

This Refuge is out of the way so plan to spend time getting there, viewing the wildlife then driving to your next destination. Small visitor center but nice trails and self guided auto tour.

9 Thank sweetatr

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