Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Monte Vista

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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 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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  • This is generally a really good place to see birds, and the wildlife drive is very pleasant. Summer is tougher in this regard, but even yesterday there were lots of birds, including 100s of... 
    This is generally a really good place to see birds, and the wildlife drive is very pleasant. Summer is tougher in this regard, but even yesterday there were lots of birds, including 100s of...  more »
  • Big viewing areas along State Rd 15 as well as a nice auto loop tour. Not only saw many birds (including migrating sandhill cranes), but also a herd of elk. Great way to spend a morning! 
    Big viewing areas along State Rd 15 as well as a nice auto loop tour. Not only saw many birds (including migrating sandhill cranes), but also a herd of elk. Great way to spend a morning!  more »
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  • If you like to see the sandhill cranes then this is a great spot. The viewing areas off of the road to the south of the center are the best. Recommend the east side as they tend to be closer. If there are not many there, try and wait a bit as they tend to fly around and congregate at different places. Photos taken March 5, 2022
  • 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.

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