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  • Prescribed Burns Planned on Baca NWR

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct prescribed burns on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge this Fall. The burns are planned for areas of the Refuge along Lower Crestone Creek in order to reduce fuels and improve wildlife habitat. The burns will be conducted by professional fire personnel from the San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit. Exact burn dates will depend on weather conditions and other prescription requirements. Follow the link for more information.

    2016 Fall Baca NWR Prescribed Burn Information

Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges

Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges

The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting awareness of the three Refuges though education and support.

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About the Complex

San Luis Valley Refuge Complex

Monte Vista, Alamosa, and Baca Refuges are administratively managed by the San Luis Valley Refuge Complex. They are a part of the Refuge System, a network of lands conserving wildlife and habitat.

Monte Vista is managed as part of the San Luis Valley Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Crane Festival

    Please join us for the Crane Festival at Monte Vista Refuge. Ride along with a guide on the auto tour and watch cranes from several areas around the Refuge.

    More information about the Crane Festival
  • Planning for the Future

    The Refuges of the San Luis Valley are in the planning phases of its Comprehesive Conservation Plan, a document that will guide the management activities for the next 15 years. Completion is slated for early 2015. Check this page for any updates.

    Learn about the Planning Process
  • History of the San Luis Valley

    Humans have inhabited the San Luis Valley for over 12,000 years. Their uses of the land reflect both the traditions of those who moved to the Valley and local adaptations. Over thousands of years numerous groups lived in the Valley or passed through on their way to surrounding lands. By the late Sixteenth Century, early Spanish explorers were later joined by other European settlers and the Valley was soon transformed by agriculture, ranching, transportation, water projects and the growth of towns.

    More about the history of the San Luis Valley
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Last Updated: Oct 27, 2016
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