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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, Alamosa

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The Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge is an 11169acre United States National Wildlife Refuge located in southern Colorado. The site is located in the San Luis Valley along the east side of the Rio Grande approximately southeast of Alamosa primarily in southeastern Alamosa County, although very small parts extend into northeastern Conejos and western Costilla counties. It is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service jointly with the Baca and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges. It was established in 1962 as a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife.The site consists of wet meadows, river oxbows and riparian corridor primarily within the flood plain of the Rio Grande, and dry uplands vegetated with greasewood and saltbush. These areas support songbirds, water birds, raptors, mule deer, beaver and coyotes. Water from the Rio Grande is supplemented by water from the Closed Basin Project. The site includes a visitor center and two-mile roundtrip hiking trail. It is considered to be more wild and less intensely managed than the nearby Monte Vista refuge.
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  • After a day of driving around San Luis Valley, this was a nice respite. There is a small building with a bit of information presented and a very friendly and helpful staff person. You can choose eithe...  more »
  • Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge is located east of Alamosa while the Montevista Wildlife Refuge is west. The wildlife refuges have expanded to better protect the water resources in the valley. The Al...  more »
  • we drove kind of late afternoon to the refuge, the office was closed, but we saw there was a auto guide road.. so we did it! SO well maintained and amazing to know how important this area with the wat...  more »