Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Monte Vista

#52 of 164 in Wildlife in Colorado
Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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 south of the town of Monte Vista, Colorado in southeastern Rio Grande County, Colorado, in the watershed of the Rio Grande. 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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  • Thousands of cranes.. I would like to come back in the off season (non crane migration) I have a feeling this place has a lot more to offer. It wasn't too busy when I was there- weekday and covid...  more »
  • On our last trip through the area, we drove by and through the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge. Last time there were numerous Sand Hill Cranes all dancing and walking around. We realized this was a bit...  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.
  • The San Luis Valley is a beautiful, peaceful region in Southern Colorado. The valley lies within the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.┬áIn the spring, roughly 25,000 Sandhill Cranes pass through the area and settle for a number of weeks in the marshlands of the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas. I have attended the Monte Vista Crane Festival for the past 3 years. I've done some great mountaineering there too. A couple of years back we went up Mount Blanca and Adams. It's a great experience and a must see.

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