Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
Mount Blanca rises above the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge. | Photo by Robert Sanders / USFWS

Staff writer

The three San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges are managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The Alamosa refuge includes more than 11,000 acres, eight miles southeast of the city, and shelters migratory birds and wildlife. Most of it sits in the Rio Grande floodplain, and it includes a visitor center and hiking trail. Backdrop of the refuge is 14,345-foot Mount Blanca.

The Monte Vista refuge to the northwest is focused on habitat for waterfowl, and water there is intensively managed, with dikes and other structures used to form diverse wetland habitats. Migrating greater sandhill cranes pass through in the spring and in the fall. A herd of several hundred elk is also visible on the refuge. A four-mile auto tour is available, and the refuge also may be viewed from county roads open year-round.

The Baca National Wildlife Refuge is not open to the public.

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa, CO 81101
(719) 589-4021
Website

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
6000 Colorado 15
Monte Vista, CO 81144
(719) 589-4021
Website