Canada Geese loafing on the ice

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 view wildlife on the Refuge from several pullouts along Hwy 15 and County Road 8S.

The best time to view migratory water birds along the Wildlife Drive is from the beginning of March through November when water is available to flood the wetlands. On the nature trail, watch yellow-headed blackbirds raising their young. If you enjoy birdwatching, the Refuge Wildlife List provides information on nesting and seasonal abundance of birds.


Related Documents
2023 Crane Viewing Brochure - SLVNWRC

Informational brochure on Sandhill Cranes and viewing opportunities on the Monte Vista NWR. Map of Crane viewing locations on Monte Vista NWR.