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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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



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

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

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 Friday, 05/01/2020 to protect the federally endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (SWFL).

Learn More About the Rio Grande River Trail Seasonal Closure
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.

Learn More About the Refuge Complex

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