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Family Camping Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)–Baca NWR Trail Construction Project is offering a signature Family Camping Volunteer opportunity.

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Public Opportunities

2018 Fall Elk Hunting Opportunities on Baca National Wildlife Refuge

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NEW for the 2018 Fall elk hunting on Baca NWR: Special drawing is no longer required for hunting elk on Baca NWR. Hunters possessing a Colorado Parks and Wildlife issued elk license valid in Game Management Unit (GMU) 82 (with the exception of Private Land Only licenses) can hunt on the Refuge. However, there are specific areas on the Refuge that can be hunted and specific regulations that apply to elk hunting on the Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encourages elk hunters interested in hunting on Baca NWR to become familiar with the Regulations and Hunting Area Map which can be accessed below. For more information or clarification, please call the Baca NWR Office at (719) 256-5527.

2018 Baca NWR Hunting Regulations with Map

Baca National Wildlife Refuge Tours

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Please join us for a 3 hour tour and see what's new on your National Wildlife Refuge. Reservation Required. Please see the attached flyer (163 KB PDF) for more information or call our office at 719-256-5527.

PDF Informational Flyer on the Baca NWR Tours

History of the San Luis Valley

Humans have inhabited the San Luis Valley for over 12,000 years. Their uses of the land reflect both the traditions of those who moved to the Valley and local adaptations. Over thousands of years numerous groups lived in the Valley or passed through on their way to surrounding lands. By the late Sixteenth Century, early Spanish explorers were later joined by other European settlers and the Valley was soon transformed by agriculture, ranching, transportation, water projects and the growth of towns.

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Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges

Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges

The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting awareness of the three Refuges though education and support.

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About the Complex

San Luis Valley Refuge Complex

Baca National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Luis Valley Refuge Complex.

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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.

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