The Salt Creek Wilderness is a little north of Roswell. The ATSF mainline (now BNSF but leased to Southwestern Railway) runs just east of the wilderness area and may barely touch it for a brief distance. The wilderness unit contains a total of 9,621 acres and is managed by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. It was established in 1970 and is a part of the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It has many beautiful areas and is a treat to visit. Visitor accommodations are very minimal. For a smoother more rewarding visit, check in at the Refuge headquarters just out of Roswell. Though the main refuge area to the south draws a lot of birders seasonally. you won’t find a crowd at the wilderness unit. You will likely be the only visitor. That is what wilderness is about!