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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Alamosa

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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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  • Great place to see the Sandhill Cranes in the Spring and Fall. As the summer goes along it tends to dry up, but beautiful in the spring with all the waterfowl.  more »
  • I've wanted to go out to Monte Vista and see the crane migration for years, and we finally did this March. If you're into birds, it's a pretty cool experience. They weren't very close, but with decent...  more »
  • If you have the chance to see the Crane Festival in March, DON"T turn away. It's one of the most amazing things you'll see in your life. 20,000+ Sandhill Cranes partying in front of a breathtaking bac...  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.
  • One of the best places to view migratory birds