Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Alamosa

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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge located in southern Colorado. The refuge is located in the San Luis Valley approximately 10mi west of the town of Alamosa in southeastern Rio Grande and western Alamosa counties, in the watershed of the Rio Grande. It administered jointly with the nearby Baca and Alamosa refuges by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It was established in 1953 by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to provide a habitat for wildlife, particularly waterfowl, in the San Luis Valley.
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  • Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge has a unique population of Sandhill Cranes that visit the area both in the fall and spring migration. If you visit when they are around, it is quite nice to see.  more »
  • Off the beaten path between Alamosa & Monte Vista, with incredible views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Between February and April, you can see the migration of the Sand Hill Cranes. Thousand...  more »
  • We went in March and took our kids down the walking trail as well as the auto route. We enjoyed seeing tracks on the path and the kids found it hilarious you could see where poop drops in the snow. We saw several groups of ducks, geese, and other birds, but If it's not the right time of year I'm sure its barren. We threw snowballs on the path and had a gorgeous view all around us. Great drive by spot for wild birds and pretty views.
  • Tons of people everywhere with no real parking. Sights to see are really far away requiring binoculars and such. Nothing special about this place. Sandhill Cranes are best seen on pastures and other places than here for sure.

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