Searching for a winter getaway?
Check out the nature trail at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. The actual nature trail that loops near the visitors center is about a half mile long, but you can link with other trails nearby that give you almost 3.5 miles of trail.
It's an all-weather trail and a nice winter hike because you're bound to see wildlife (it's a refuge, after all), and the visitor's center gives you a place to warm up, go to the bathroom and see the exhibits inside.
Check out the spotting scope and see what birds are resting on the lake while you're warming up inside.
Trail of the Week
Open to: Hikers. Dogs are allowed on leash only.
Ideal for: An easy winter hike to see some wildlife.
Trailhead elevation: 2,600 feet.
Destination elevation: About the same.
Length: About 3.5 miles for the entire trail network.
Out and back or loop: Loops.
Wildlife you might see: Tons of waterfowl, bald eagles and other raptors, upland game birds, deer, possibly coyotes.
Notes/bathrooms: Bathrooms are at the visitor's center.
Information: Log onto www.fws.gov/deerflat.
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