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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Alamosa

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 65+ 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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  • It's impossible to overstate how glorious it is to see these birds for the first time. We thought we might be too late in the season to see them, but there they were. Definitely bring binoculars. Simp...  read more »
  • I stayed in Alamosa so I could come into town a bit early and try to run over to the Refuge. It was gray and overcast to the south, a bit of rain and an evening, early spring. The light in the early e...  read more »
  • My son had heard that Sandhill cranes were migrating through this Refuge. We saw about one hundred cranes. Also saw many varieties of ducks and other birds. 
  • Awesome. Birds i have ever seen. Ibis
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