Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

Refuge News

Current Conditions

March 20, 2020 Bald Eagle 150x118

"The Cranes are on their Way!” The annual spring migration of Sandhill Cranes is in full swing at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. We are seeing thousands of Sandhill Cranes and other waterfowl out on the refuge in our wetlands and meadows. Great viewing opportunities exist on our Hwy 15 pullouts and County Rd 8 South pullout with a new parking area constructed on the east side of the 8S Pullout. Please use caution when using these pullouts, watching for pedestrians and increased vehicle traffic.

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Hunting Update

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on 97 national wildlife refuges across the country in 2020. Please review our current hunting brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Hunting Brochure

Recreate Responsibility

As the Monte Vista Refuge is preparing for this spring’s migration of Sandhill cranes, we’d like to update our visitors on the refuge’s level of operation regarding COVID-19. The office’s and Visitor Centers at the refuges are still closed to the public; however, all outdoor visitor activities are open and available. We do ask that all visitor follow CDC recommendations for helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our visitors and employees at the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex is our number one priority. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. A reopening date for facilities has not been determined at this time. We will notify the public when we reopen these sites and provide updates on our website and social media channels. Other updates about the Service’s response to coronavirus will be posted at Please check with individual refuges or facilities regarding the change of operations or postponement of events and programs. San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Office (719)-589-4021. Also, like/follow us on Facebook.

Fish and Wildlife Service's coronavirus updates
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.

More about the Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges

About the Complex

San Luis Valley Refuge Complex

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge 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.

Learn more about the NWRS