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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, Alamosa
(2.6/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • This place could be better. I realize it is managed for wildlife, but the way it is arranged seems to be designed to keep humans and animals/birds separated as far as possible. We go to many NWRs. Mos...  more »
  • Easy to find, not far from sand dunes, no one else was around, visitor center was closed, road was well maintained, good signs posted through out. 
  • While camping at The Great Sand Dunes National Forest, I decided to drive less than a half hour to visit this Wildlife Refuge. I am a bird nerd and photographer and wanted to see what wildlife was her...  more »
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  • Awesome. Birds i have ever seen. Ibis