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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Alamosa

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#34 of 67 in Wildlife in Colorado
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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 approximately 10mi west of the town of Alamosa in southeastern Rio Grande and western Alamosa counties, in the watershed of the Rio Grande. It administered jointly with the nearby Baca and Alamosa refuges by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 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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  • We never found the visitors center open during our two visits to this refuge, however, their are pamphlets available there that describe their walking trail and their driving tour. We took the driving...  more »
  • After a day of driving around San Luis Valley, this was a nice respite. There is a building with a bit of information and a very friendly and informative staff person. You can either take an audio tou...  more »
  • Located in the beautiful high desert of the San Luis Valley, the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge provides a unique habitat for all sorts of wildlife including waterfowl, sandhill cranes, elk, dee...  more »
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  • The sights and sounds make this place unforgettable. A must visit place for photographers and nature lovers alike. Bring your binoculars or telephoto lens!
  • It's amazing that this much water exists in the middle of the desert. A great place to observe waterfowl, especially sandhill cranes in the spring.
  • Great place to see lots of birds, March is the perfect time to see hundreds if not thousands of migrating cranes and geese
  • Thousands of Sandhill Cranes, weathers been warm last 4 days. Need long lens in order to get good Sandhill Crane inages.
  • Beautiful wildlife, wetlands and mountain views.

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