Public Opportunities

Our Disappearing Darkness

Baca NWR Talk-Dark Sky

As part of the Baca NWRs Summer Tour/Talk Series, Robert Bohley, a Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve National Park Service Master Astronomy Volunteer Ranger, will present "Our Disappearing Darkness." His presentation will cover the beautiful night sky, why they are disappearing, where we can still find them, and how we can protect them. In addition, Crestone Mayor and Kairina Danforth will discuss the Sangre de Cristo Night Sky Reserve.

2019 Baca NWR Talk Dark Sky

Baca National Wildlife Refuge Talks and Tours

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NEW for 2019! The summer talks and tours will be taking place in the evening beginning at 5:00 p.m. We’re bringing in more outside expertise and incorporating more talks and presentations. The 2019 Summer Series is quite diverse and will include: night sky presentations/viewing, native bees and pollinators presentation and identification, and Baca Refuge and Surrounding Area Geology Tour by our very own and well respected Dr. Jim McCalpin. In addition, the always popular Baca Refuge/Ranch History tour featuring local favorite Bob Bunker (longtime Baca Ranch Cowboy) will be on the calendar for later in the summer. A full list of available Tours/Talks will be advertised in the Crestone Eagle's July Issue. Reservation Required. Please see the attached flyer (789 KB PDF) for more information or call our office at 719-256-5527.

PDF Informational Flyer on the Baca NWR Tours

2019 Fall Elk Hunting Opportunities on Baca National Wildlife Refuge

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Special Refuge Specific drawing is not required for hunting elk on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge. 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 elk 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. Remember, that motorized vehicles (including E-bikes) are not allowed in elk hunting areas of the Baca NWR. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encourages elk hunters interested in hunting on the Refuge to become familiar with the regulations and Hunting Area Map which can be accessed below. For more information or clarification, please call the Refuge Office at (719) 256-5527.

2019 Baca NWR Hunting Regulations with Map

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

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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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