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Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Muleshoe, TX

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We found this refuge while just wandering around west Texas. So glad we went. It was nearing sunset when we got there so many of the animals were out. We saw rabbits, Jack... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
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Muleshoe, Texas
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

I do think this is a hidden gem in the Texas panhandle. This is a great place to kind of get lost and appreciate the landscape. It is not flat like the surrounding agricultural land, and if you pay close attention you can see lots of different native and migratory wildlife. Plan a visit and stay at the campgrounds, it... More 

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We found this refuge while just wandering around west Texas. So glad we went. It was nearing sunset when we got there so many of the animals were out. We saw rabbits, Jack rabbits, a couple of burrowing owls, and a ton of Prairie dogs. They are so cute to watch! It was windy and about 85 degrees. Great weather... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the first refuge established in Texas. You think of this region of Texas being flat, but the refuge itself has mesas and three saline lakes. The refuge has a variety of wildlife from the famous sandhill cranes during their migration from October - March, as well as badgers, porcupines, coyotes, prairie dogs, and deer... More 

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Reviewed 26 February 2015 via mobile

there are a handful of lakes that you can drive to. It is a very peaceful place especially at dusk and dawn. My husband and I saw a pair of great horned owls pretty close up. Also saw prairie dogs, sandhill cranes, and a coyote. I just wish there were more walking trails

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Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 December 2014

The lesser Sandhill Cranes are the big draw (up to 250,000 have been seen here one winter). Come for cranes November through March. Bring binoculars and if you have one, a spotting scope. They feed in and around the refuge, often far from a road. When in for the noon-afternoon rest, they may be on the far side of that... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

There are 3 lakes in the Wildlife refuge. The two on the west side, that includes the campground and park headquarters are dry salt beds from the drought. Go a little further north along the highway and there is a turn off on the right, (east) for Paul Lake. That is where we saw hundreds of cranes in the lake... More 

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4 Thank G C
Clovis, New Mexico
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

I wanted to do something "outdoorsy" for my birthday in January and this was the closest place to where we live, and we had never been so we decided to try it. I enjoyed walking on the lake's beach and found several interesting rocks, shells and what may be fossils. The cranes are gorgeous. By chance we were able to... More 

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Vacaville, CA
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

This place is great, especially if you want to see large populations of Sand-hill Cranes coming in to roost for the night during late fall and winter! There are two parts to it, one on the west side, that includes the park headquarters, then a bit further along the highway going north, back to the east side, there is a... More 

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1 Thank Joel C
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Reviewed 24 December 2012

Lots of wildlife if you slow down and look. Mule deer in rut were awesome. Lucked into a bobcat. Not many cranes but a few. Very dry drought has taken its toll. Glad we have places like this so the animals can survive. Evenings were the best. Wished we had more refuges in the area

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Lubbock, Texas
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Interesting, but didn't see all that much, Maybe the wrong time of the year.

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