Visitor Activities

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

  • Hunting

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

    For information about hunting or fishing on Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, please review our Refuge Hunting and Fishing Brochure.

    You may also contact the Refuge at 719-589-4021. 

  • Fishing

    Fishing is only allowed in the area adjacent to the Chicago Dam on Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge. 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. Access to the fishing area must be from parking area 7 or from the Malm Trail. Do not trespass on private lands. For information about fishing the Refuge, please review our Refuge Hunting and Fishing Brochure.

    You may also contact the Refuge at 719-589-4021

  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

    Observe the natural wonders of the Refuge by driving, hiking, or biking the Wildlife Drive. Hike the Rio Grande and Bluff Nature trails. And don’t miss visiting the Bluff Overlook. The best time to view migratory water birds along the auto-tour route is from the beginning of April through early fall when the wetlands are flooded. Along the Nature Trails you will see a wide variety of habitats, from lush grasses to dense stands of willow, to towering cottonwood trees. See the Rio Grande Nature Trail brochure for seasonal descriptions of the riparian habitats and the wildlife you might see. The Bluff Overlook gives visitors an expansive view of the Rio Grande floodplains and the surrounding mountains. The Refuge Wildlife List provides information about nesting and seasonal abundance of birds and a listing of resident wildlife.

  • Interpretation

    There are interpretive panels at the Visitor Center kiosk and at the Bluff Overlook to help you make your own connection to the Refuge’s natural environment.

  • 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.