Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Refuge News

Fall Water Conditions on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) has been no stranger to these arid conditions that most of the Southwest has been experiencing. However, the refuge has been able to maintain most of their wetlands by using pumped wells, located throughout the refuge. As expected, the irrigation season was short and sporadic, so the refuge has had to rely more heavily on their wells for maintaining their wetlands. This has in turn, given the refuge a good head start with its fall migration water plans. Most of the traditional impoundments and waterways are full and some new areas are starting to fill as we speak. The refuge plans to maintain these wetlands in the best condition possible throughout the fall migration. Good viewing of Sandhill Cranes should still exist around the north end of the Wildlife Drive and in Spring Creek Pond. Waterfowl hunters will have good water in Parking Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 including some water making it to Parker Pond. As a friendly reminder, there will be other visitors on the refuge during this period, so please be courteous to each other and respect each other’s space. For more information about water conditions or general refuge information, please contact Refuge Management at (719)-589-4021 or email at Also, don’t forget to like and follow our Facebook page.

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Hunting Update

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on nine national wildlife refuges across the country in 2021. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure at the link below for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Hunting Brochure

Recreate Responsibility

As the Monte Vista Refuge is preparing for this spring’s migration of Sandhill cranes, we’d like to update our visitors on the refuge’s level of operation regarding COVID-19. The office’s and Visitor Centers at the refuges are still closed to the public; however, all outdoor visitor activities are open and available. We do ask that all visitor follow CDC recommendations for helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our visitors and employees at the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex is our number one priority. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. A reopening date for facilities has not been determined at this time. We will notify the public when we reopen these sites and provide updates on our website and social media channels. Other updates about the Service’s response to coronavirus will be posted at Please check with individual refuges or facilities regarding the change of operations or postponement of events and programs. San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Office (719)-589-4021. Also, like/follow us on Facebook.

Fish and Wildlife Service's coronavirus updates
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

Monte Vista 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.

Learn more about the NWRS