Visitor Activities

Adventures are waiting for you on the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Review the Refuge General Information Brochure to find your next adventure.


  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

    The Refuge and its wildlife mark time by the ancient rhythms of spring, summer, fall and winter. Drive the 4-mile auto tour route and walk the nature trail to observe the natural wonders of the Refuge.  You can also view wildlife on the Refuge from several pullouts along Hwy 15 and County Road 85. 

    The best time to view migratory water birds along the auto tour route is from the beginning of March through November when water is available to flood the wetlands. On the nature trail, watch yellow-headed blackbirds raising their young. If you enjoy birdwatching, the Refuge Wildlife List provides information on nesting and seasonal abundance of birds.  

  • Interpretation

    There are interpretive panels along the auto-tour and at the pullouts along Hwy 15 and County Road 8S, and at the kiosk at the entrance to the Refuge to help you make your own connection to the natural environment of the Refuge.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is a traditional use of the Refuge. Most hunting opportunities are in the Refuge wetlands. Portions of the Refuge are open to hunting in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations; the most restrictive regulations apply on the Refuge.

    If you or someone you know has a disability and/or is mobility impaired, there is a waterfowl hunting blind that can be reserved for use. The Alamosa and Monte Vista Refuges Hunting brochure (1.12MB PDF) provides more information about hunting on the Refuge. You can also contact the Refuge for more information at 719-589-4021.  

  • Fishing

    Fishing is not allowed on Monte Vista Refuge except for “Take a Kid Fishing Day” in June.

  • Environmental Education

    Please contact the Refuge at 719-589-4021 if you are interested in bringing a group out to the Refuge for an educational program.