Plan Your Visit

Refuge Information

Monte Vista Refuge
6120 Hwy 15
Monte Vista, CO 81144

The Refuge is open one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset for Refuge permitted activities.

Directions to Monte Vista Refuge: From the town of Monte Vista, drive south on State Hwy 15 (Gunbarrel Road) for 6 miles to the entrance of the wildlife. The small office and visitor contact station at the Refuge is located at the start of the Wildlife Drive. The visitor contact station is volunteer run and not open most days. For more information, please call us at 719-589-4021.

Refuge Staff located at
Alamosa Refuge and Visitor Center (physical and mailing address)
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa, CO 81101

Directions to Alamosa Refuge and Visitor Center -- From the junction of Hwys 17 and 160, drive east on HWY 160 for about 3 miles to El Rancho Lane. Turn right onto El Rancho and drive about 2 miles to the visitor center. The Visitor Center is open intermittently when staff and volunteers are available. For more information, call us at 719-589-4021 or by email at You can also contact Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges for more information. 

Know before you go: 

When you plan for a trip to the Refuge, wear sturdy shoes for hiking and dress for the weather. Bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable.

Areas throughout the Refuge are designated as closed year round to protect migrating waterfowl or for public safety. Maps of these areas are available at the Refuge office kiosk and under the Map section.