We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

Features Animals
Visitors Center, 9383 El Rancho Lane, Alamosa, CO
+1 719-589-4021
Review Highlights
Bluff Overlook - Wow!

We gave up on the washboard roads before reaching The Bluff on our last visit; our loss. The roads... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Janet L
Saint Louis, Missouri
Nice walk with my dog.

Very nice walk along the river. Not much shade, so I would recommend a morning visit. My dog really... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
Lubbock, Texas
Read all 52 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good47%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 07:30 - 16:00
Visitors Center, 9383 El Rancho Lane, Alamosa, CO
+1 719-589-4021
Write a Review
Reviews (52)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 51 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We gave up on the washboard roads before reaching The Bluff on our last visit; our loss. The roads seemed better this time, but it is still slow going in spots. The Bluff Road is a loop worth visiting. Take binoculars if you have them....More

Thank Janet L
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Very nice walk along the river. Not much shade, so I would recommend a morning visit. My dog really enjoyed sniffing - clearly wildlife had visited the river to drink or sleep in the grass and he checked those spots thoroughly. The birdsongs were wonderful.

Thank Quowe
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We ate lunch at the Bluff overlook and the views were wonderful. The staff at the visitor's center was very helpful. The walk along the Rio Grande river is not shaded at all.

Thank bcwill10
Reviewed 29 May 2017

After a day of driving around San Luis Valley, this was a nice respite. There is a small building with a bit of information presented and a very friendly and helpful staff person. You can choose either an audio car tour or a walk. We...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge is located east of Alamosa while the Montevista Wildlife Refuge is west. The wildlife refuges have expanded to better protect the water resources in the valley. The Alamosa Refuge offers good habitat, which attracts wildlife that is easy to spot including...More

3  Thank angie1966d
Reviewed 14 April 2017

we drove kind of late afternoon to the refuge, the office was closed, but we saw there was a auto guide road.. so we did it! SO well maintained and amazing to know how important this area with the water is! we say several ducks...More

Thank magdabruna
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Good place to watch wildlife, waterfowl, elk, deer. Definitely need a car or truck to drive around. Expansive.

Thank Benjamin L
Reviewed 28 March 2017

A small but oh -so-well- done visitor center. We really enjoyed the displays and the hands on activities provided. Sorry I cannot remember the name of the ranger but she provided us with so many interesting facts about the area. We were just a little...More

Thank marcia712015
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Maybe it was the time of day, but we really didn't see any wildlife on our auto tour. My kids had soaked their shoes at the sand dunes so we didn't do the walks. The visitor center was closed and there wasn't much info to...More

Thank SLWatty
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The Rio Grande River runs through this NWR and the scenery in the middle of the San Luis Valley is majestic, Not much in the way of wildlife when we were there, although just next door in Monte Vista NWR there were flocks of sandhill...More

Thank Kris W
Nearby Restaurants
Calvillo's Mexican Restaurant
585 reviews
6.10 km away
San Luis Valley Brewing Company
535 reviews
6.47 km away
The Rubi Slipper
141 reviews
6.33 km away
Bistro Rialto
225 reviews
6.52 km away
Nearby Attractions
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
87 reviews
3.11 km away
San Luis Valley Brewing Company
66 reviews
6.47 km away
The San Luis Valley Museum
15 reviews
6.28 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines