The Bosque Redondo contains oxbow lakes and riparian areas that are part of the Pecos River flood plain and sits in a heavily farmed area. Vegetation is cottonwood with the understory being primarily salt cedar and Russian Olive. Area is managed by the town of Ft. Sumner for recreation with camping and picnic sites available. Of historic significance is that this was the forced home of the Navajo nation during the years 1864 to 1868. Under military escort, over 8000 Navajos marched 350 miles from their homes in northwest New Mexico and northeast Arizona to Ft. Sumner for resettlement. The Navajo People remember the hardships and death many met on that journey as the "Long Walk."

Directions: The Bosque Redondo is reached by taking NM 272 in Ft. Sumner, on the right 1.6 miles east of the intersection of US84 and US60. The road goes through alfalfa and hay fields to Bosque Lakes Park. [There will be a number of jogs in the road in getting there.]

Ornithological Summary

Contains nesting Red-headed Woodpecker. Brown Thrasher may also nest in the area. Other birds of interest in season include Mississippi Kite, Eurasian Collared Dove, White-winged Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Northern Bobwhite, and Blue Jay. This is a migrant trap noted for its rarities including Piratic Flycatcher and Long-billed Thrasher.


Owned by the city of Ft. Sumner, NM


Oxbow lakes, Cottonwood bosque, Grass/shrubland

Land Use

Picnic area, camp sites, dirt roads, hiking trails.