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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 12 things to do in Alamosa Features Animals
Alamosa, CO
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Has A Loop For Viewing

NWR is on the East side of road & not a very big sign so don't blink. We were on a dual sport... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
Nice car or walking tour through the wetlands.

We never found the visitors center open during our two visits to this refuge, however, their are... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
Greeley, Colorado
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Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

NWR is on the East side of road & not a very big sign so don't blink. We were on a dual sport motorcycle & it read if we stayed on loop it was okay.One other gentleman was there taking pictures of wildlife but we...More

Thank dagoDenver
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We never found the visitors center open during our two visits to this refuge, however, their are pamphlets available there that describe their walking trail and their driving tour. We took the driving tour on two separate days to see and photograph some of the...More

1  Thank GreeleyJoe
Reviewed 29 May 2017

After a day of driving around San Luis Valley, this was a nice respite. There is a building with a bit of information and a very friendly and informative staff person. You can either take an audio tour or a walk (2 miles one way-out...More

1  Thank Chris L
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Located in the beautiful high desert of the San Luis Valley, the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge provides a unique habitat for all sorts of wildlife including waterfowl, sandhill cranes, elk, deer and more. Visiting during wildlife seasons is a must so check before you...More

5  Thank angie1966d
Reviewed 25 April 2017

The refuge is set up to accommodate many visitors during the annual sandhill crane festival. Consequently there are plenty of parking areas but many of them are pretty boring if the cranes aren't present. During the rest of the year you will want to visit...More

1  Thank Doug K
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Visited just after a snow fall and went to the Visitor Centre for information, exhibit and film, explaining the geography, history and importance of such a place. Great place, very helpful staff and very knowledgeable as well. Lovely vistas and such a contrast with the...More

Thank colinobx
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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.

Thank Benjamin L
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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 binoculars or a powerful zoom lens, you can...More

Thank Gregory W
Reviewed 2 April 2017

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 backdrop of mountains.

Thank mindwanderweg
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Don't miss the drive thru loop at sunrise. Birds galore from coots to hawks to mallards to meadowlarks. You might even catch the muskrat swimming by.

Thank Melissa L
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Response from iamdjstar | Reviewed this property |
The road into it is not paved but graded. Depending on the time. I took my '05 Chevy Cavalier down it and it does some MAJOR washboard vibration, but it goes into farm lands. It is not a danger, but it was the noisiest... More