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National Wildlife Refuge

In the San Luis Valley, the rugged Sangre de Cristo Range shadows the wetlands of Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge.
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa, CO   81101
E-mail: alamosa@fws.gov
Phone Number: 719-589-4021
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Even when winter "icebox" conditions set in, eagles, hawks, owls, and some waterfowl are found in the San Luis Valley.
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Declining waterfowl wintering habitat and crop depredation by waterfowl prompted the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to create Monte Vista NWR in 1952. Alamosa NWR was established in 1962 to serve as another link in a chain of wetland habitat along the Central Flyway. In 1979, the two Refuges were combined administratively into the Alamosa-Monte Vista NWR Complex.

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