Facility Activities

Birdwatching is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in Colorado.  The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is proud to help with that trend.  The refuge hosts literally hundreds of different bird species throughout its diverse landscapes. From large raptors like Bald Eagles...

Wildlife Viewing and Photography

The Refuge and its wildlife mark time by the ancient rhythms of spring, summer, fall and winter. Drive, hike or bike the 2.5-mile Wildlife Drive. Walk the Meadowlark Nature Trail to observe the natural wonders of the Refuge. You can also...

Some of the best waterfowl hunting in Colorado can be found here. Hunters can find good hunting, particularly early in the season, within the many wetlands located throughout the refuge. Typically by late October and early November, wetlands will start freezing up....

The Wildlife Drive on the Monte Vista NWR is approximately 2.5 miles long and provides excellent viewing of the mixed habitats that are found throughout the refuge.  The central focus of the route will highlight the wetlands and wet meadow habitats that numerous waterfowl and water-birds...