Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Alamosa

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#28 of 57 in Wildlife in Colorado
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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  • September 29, 2017
    Only 6 miles from Monte Vista, this wetland ecosystem with open water and cover vegetation is a great place to visit. There are good roads on a short motor trail to view the wildlife and a well mainta...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    We went at mid-day and didn't expect to see much astir at that time. There were plenty of water fowl, lots of raptors and yellow-headed blackbirds. The signage was helpful. There's also a short nature...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    OK, yes, this is a marshy bird habitat but there's more than that. Price is right - free or donation. Deer and snakes live there also! The Hdqtrs has a very nice display of birds and critters. Did the...  more »
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  • March 14, 2017
    The sights and sounds make this place unforgettable. A must visit place for photographers and nature lovers alike. Bring your binoculars or telephoto lens!
  • March 15, 2017
    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.
  • March 21, 2017
    Great place to see lots of birds, March is the perfect time to see hundreds if not thousands of migrating cranes and geese
  • March 12, 2017
    Thousands of Sandhill Cranes, weathers been warm last 4 days. Need long lens in order to get good Sandhill Crane inages.
  • June 18, 2017
    Beautiful wildlife, wetlands and mountain views.

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