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Refuge News

Fall Water Conditions on Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

With the continued dry conditions that much of the Southwest has been experiencing, the Rio Grande Basin of Colorado is no exception. These abnormally dry conditions are also starting to have a severe impact on the wetland habitats of the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Since most of the refuges water source comes from the Rio Grande, through varies surface water rights, the refuge has unfortunately been shut down from irrigation due to low river levels since mid-August. With the wetland system barely maintaining itself before the shutdown, most of the water ways and wetlands have since dried up. Unfortunately, this event has caused a significant drop in our waterfowl population on the refuge. However, with the beginning of autumn and cooler temperatures, the refuge is starting to catch-up, ever so slowly, in wetting up their wetlands with the little irrigation water they have. The water conditions this fall for migration and waterfowl hunting will definitely be impacted, but not all is lost. There are, and soon to be more, wetlands that do have water in them, but they are scattered and few. The primary ponds that typically hold the most water, out of Parking Lot #1 and Parking Lot #4, are currently filling with water. Parking Lot #2 & #3 are going to be the most impacted with little or no water at all this fall. Secondary impoundments and connecting waterways will have some water, but again it will be scattered. This year’s strategy for waterfowl hunting will be… Be Mobile! Hunters will need to go where the water is if they want to find ducks, so bring your walking shoes. As a friendly reminder, there will be other visitors on the refuge during this period, so please be courteous to each other and respect each other’s space. For more information about water conditions or general refuge information, please contact Refuge Management at (719)-589-4021 or email at Also, don’t forget to like and follow their Facebook page.

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Hunting Update

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on nine national wildlife refuges across the country in 2021. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure at the link below for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Hunting Brochure

Current Conditions

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San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Alamosa National Wildlife, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, and Baca National Wildlife Refuge) Close Temporarily Starting March 19th, 2020.

Current Conditions

Rio Grande River Trail-Seasonal Closure

A seasonal closure of the Rio Grande Nature Trail on Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will be in effect starting Thursday, 04/15/2021 to protect the federally endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (SWFL).

About the Complex

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Alamosa, Monte Vista, and Baca Refuges form the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This Complex is a part of the Refuge System, a network of lands that conserve wildlife and habitat.

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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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