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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  • 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 »
  • We have been to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge several times. Being so close, we wanted to return. Our timing was off a bit. Visiting at noon isn’t the best time for bird viewing. Oh, well.....  more
    We have been to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge several times. Being so close, we wanted to return. Our timing was off a bit. Visiting at noon isn’t the best time for bird viewing. Oh, well.....  more »
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  • 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. In 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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