Rules and Regulations


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

The 3-mile Wildlife Drive is open year round to automobiles, foot travel, horseback, and bicycling, including e-bikes.

The 4-mile out and back Rio Grande Nature Trail and 2-mile out and back Bluff Nature Trail are open to foot travel. Depending on snowfall, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing during winter months are permitted. Hikers and snowshoers are asked to be respectful of tracks set by skiers and to hike to the side.

The Rio Grande Nature Trail is closed from April 15 to September 1 to protect the southwestern willow flycatcher, a federally endangered bird, during the breeding season.

Pets must be leashed, and their waste picked up.

Fishing Regulations

  • State fishing regulations and permits apply to the Alamosa NWR fishing area.
  • Fishing is closed from April 15 to September 1 in the seasonal closure area to protect the southwestern willow flycatcher, a federally endangered bird, during the breeding season.
  • Fishing is only allowed within the designated fishing area. (See Hunting and Fishing Brochure and Map)
  • Access to the fishing area must be from parking area 7 or from the Malm Trail. Do not trespass on private lands.
  • All personal property, including fishing line, bait containers, and other trash must be removed at the end of each day.

Hunting Regulations
  • Limited hunting is allowed on the Refuge in accordance with State regulations and Refuge specific regulations found in the Hunting and Fishing Brochure.

Prohibited Activities
  • Camping and fires.
  • Possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia.
  • Unmanned aircraft systems, including drones.
  • Littering, including pet waste.
  • Searching for or removing cultural artifacts, fossils, or animal parts, including antler sheds.
  • Off-highway vehicles, such as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), or utility terrain vehicles (UTVs).