Visitor Activities

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There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on Alamosa Refuge. Keep in mind, however, that if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules about this activity. Please check with the Refuge staff before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. Be safe and have fun!

  • 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.

    If you or someone you know has a disability and/or is mobility impaired, there is a waterfowl hunting blind that can be reserved for use. The Refuge Hunting brochure gives you For more information about hunting on Alamosa Refuge, please see the Alamosa and Monte Vista Refuges Hunting brochure (1.12MB PDF). 

    You can also contact the Refuge for more information at 719-589-4021. 

  • Fishing

    Fishing is not allowed on Alamosa Refuge.

  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

    Observe the natural wonders of the Refuge by driving the auto-tour route, walking or biking the nature trail, and 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 Rio Grande River trail you will see a wide variety of habitats, from lush grasses to dense stands of willow, to towering cottonwood trees. See the Rio Grande River 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, along the auto-tour, 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 or contact us at if you are interested in bringing a group out to the Refuge for an educational program.