Alamosa/Monte Vista/Baca National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Mountain-Prairie Region
Celebrate Wildlife

Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival

Cranes flying over Sangre de Cristos at dusk.Thousands of people flock to the San Luis Valley to view over 20,000 Sandhill Cranes and attend tours, workshops and a craft fair. For more information about the Monte Vista Crane Festival visit:

Kids Fishing Day Kid’s Fishing Day
An annual event where kids, with their parents, are invited to bring their fishing poles & bait out to Monte Vista NWR to try their hand at fishing, Volunteers from the Friends of the San Luis Valley NWR's and refuge staff are on hand to help reel in the big ones. (Travel 8 miles south of Monte Vista on HWY 15, turn west on 8 south and travel 1 mile, then follow the signs)

Kids Fishing Day - Saturday June 19, 2010

National Wildlife Refuge Week
October of every year, in a week-long celebration, we celebrate National Wildlife Refuges and our many partners that make them possible. Join us for Kid's Crane Festival, guided evening crane walks, special presentations, and partner appreciation open-house.

National Refuge DayChristmas Bird Count
The annual Christmas Bird Count is centered on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Sharpen your birding skills and help us count who of our feathered friends find refuge here during coldest time of the year.

Check back for the 2010 Count date.

Last updated: October 5, 2012