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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  • We spent about an hour and a half on the refuge. The office was closed, but there are bathrooms at the entrance and a good refuge map. The terrain is quite flat with a lot of ponds and a lake. We saw ...  more »
  • If you want to visit an extraordinary wild life refuge, visit Monte Vista. The amazing Sandhill Crane Festival is amazing. Visit in mid March and October.  more »
  • I am a craniac and go to Kearney, NE to see the cranes every March. Since we were in the area, I wanted to check this place out for future reference. I would love to come here when the cranes are arou...  more »
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  • Great place to birdwatch in the spring, throughout the summer and into the fall. Can be driven through or walked with trails. Large masses of Sandhill cranes start to gather in early March on their migration north for the summer. Its a wonderful spectacle with tens of thousands of birds in the air as the sun rises.
  • Great place to see Sandhill Cranes when their migrating. Otherwise, there isn't much.
  • 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.
  • Thousands of Sandhill Cranes, weathers been warm last 4 days. Need long lens in order to get good Sandhill Crane inages.

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