Wildlife and People
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.
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.