Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Monte Vista

#45 of 164 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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  • Nicely coordinated bus tours, although our bus wouldn't start on the way back & we were diverted to another. The cranes are a bit of a distance away - amazing to see so many together. A must for...  more »
  • We spent an action packed March weekend in Monte Vista enjoying all the activities hosted by the 40th Annual Monte Vista Sandhill Crane Festival. We loved every second and thank all those...  more »
  • We went in March and took our kids down the walking trail as well as the auto route. We enjoyed seeing tracks on the path and the kids found it hilarious you could see where poop drops in the snow. We saw several groups of ducks, geese, and other birds, but If it's not the right time of year I'm sure its barren. We threw snowballs on the path and had a gorgeous view all around us. Great drive by spot for wild birds and pretty views.
  • The San Luis Valley is a beautiful, peaceful region in Southern Colorado. The valley lies within the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.┬áIn the spring, roughly 25,000 Sandhill Cranes pass through the area and settle for a number of weeks in the marshlands of the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas. I have attended the Monte Vista Crane Festival for the past 3 years. I've done some great mountaineering there too. A couple of years back we went up Mount Blanca and Adams. It's a great experience and a must see.
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