Features

  • Birding Notice

    You may have noticed the lack of water along the Wildlife Drive at Monte Vista NWR. Please click on the link to learn why.

    Learn More about the lack of water

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    Sandhill Crane Migration

    Approximately 23,000 - 27,000 Sandhill Cranes migrate biannually (peak Mid-March and Mid-October) through the San Luis Valley.

Refuge News

Burning for the Birds

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On October 24, 2017 partners from several agencies came together to conduct a prescribed burn on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge staff works to provide healthy wetlands and plants for all wildlife. Old plants build up a thick layer of litter and let weeds get out of control. Using fire to remove that build up helps native plants get the upper hand. Along the trail and wildlife drive it’s hard to miss where we burned. Next spring this area will warm up quickly providing plants, insects and places to rest for migrating birds like Sandhill Cranes and several species of ducks.

2017 Prescribed burn on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Public Comment on Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today options to manage sylvatic plague in Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) colonies on the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) in south-central Colorado. The Service completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this action and is seeking public comment on the proposal. The EA analyzes management options, including a No-Action Alternative, to permit Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) via a Special Use Permit (SUP) to manage sylvatic plague in Gunnison’s prairie dog colonies on the San Luis Valley NWRC. The San Luis Valley NWRC encompasses approximately 112,360 acres comprised of three separate units: Alamosa, Monte Vista, and Baca National Wildlife Refuges.

Public Comment on Environmental Assessment

Rio Grande River Trail

The Rio Grande River Trail offers a variety of river habitats for wildlife. Look for migratory song birds, deer, and other resident wildlife along the two-mile trail.

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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

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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