Alamosa/Monte Vista/Baca National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Mountain-Prairie Region
Wildlife and People
birder line artNational Wildlife Refuges are great places to see, enjoy and learn more about wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the Refuge activities discussed below. Any activities not discussed are prohibited due to conflicts with the Refuges wildlife conservation mission and goals. For example, leaving designated trails, fishing, canoeing, boating, and jogging are not allowed due to resulting disturbance to wildlife. If you have any questions please contact the Refuge Office.

Alamosa Visitor Center
The Alamosa Visitors Center serves both Refuges, and it is located on the Alamosa NWR, 4 miles east of the town of Alamosa on Highway 160 and 2 miles south on El Rancho Lane. Information and interpretive exhibits are available.
Open occasionally March-November. Volunteer Operated - call ahead for schedule.. November-February, Closed for the winter.

Wildlife Observation and Photography
Self-guided, interpretive auto tour routes are found at both Alamosa and Monte Vista Refuges. Each auto tour showcases refuge wildlife, habitat, and management activities. Various pull-offs located along the public roads (Highway 15 and 8 South) adjacent to the Monte Vista Refuge also offer wildlife viewing opportunities and interpretative displays.

At Alamosa Refuge, the Bluff Overlook offers excellent wildlife and wildlands viewing. A short walking trail is available south of the overlook For more energetic visitors, The Rio Grande Nature Trail winds visitors along the riparian corridor. On Monte Vista Refuge, a short walking trail is available for wildlife viewing, and it is located near the beginning of the auto tour route.

Last updated: October 5, 2012