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Monte Vista
National Wildlife Refuge

Cattails line the shores of a large wetland at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge.  In the distance, dark storm clouds roll in over the mountains.
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa, CO   81101
E-mail: alamosa@fws.gov
Phone Number: 719-589-4021
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Wetlands found at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge are part of the most important habitat in Colorado for waterfowl and shorebird populations.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Refuge offers a variety of environmental education programs for all age groups. Currently, programs are tailored to the needs and time constraints of the individual group visiting. Contact the Refuge staff to arrange a field trip or tour.

The Alamosa/Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge Complex does not offer public fishing. However, a Kids Fishing Day is offered each June on the Monte Vista NWR.

Waterfowl and small game hunting are permitted on a portion of each Refuge in accordance with state regulations. For special Refuge regulations and specific areas open to hunting, please contact the Refuge staff.

A variety of interpretive displays are found on the auto tour routes and pull-outs on both Refuges. The Alamosa NWR visitor center also offers interpretive displays on the wildlife, habitat, and history of the Refuges and the San Luis Valley.

Wildlife Observation
Both Refuges offer self-guided auto and walking tours. Various pull-offs located along the public roads adjacent to the Monte Vista NWR also offer wildlife viewing opportunities and information. Special Events throughout the year offer the public additional opportunities to view wildlife and learn about the fascinating habitat and animals of the Refuges.

Walking trails and mounted spotting scopes at auto tour pull-outs are prime locations for wildlife viewing. During the winter, you will see bald eagles perched atop cottonwoods along the Rio Grande as well as elk wintering at the Monte Vista NWR. Spring and fall bring thousands of sandhill cranes and waterfowl to the Refuges and adjoining private farm fields. In the summer, you are likely to see a large variety of songbirds, shore birds, and water birds nesting on both Refuges.

Dramatic photo opportunities are available on both Refuges. In the spring and fall, large concentrations of birds congregate in shallow wetlands shadowed by the majestic Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountain Ranges. Waterfowl and shorebirds adorned in bright breeding plumage are photographed throughout the spring and summer.

The Alamosa Refuge office and visitor center is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. Both Refuge auto tour routes and walking trails are open to the public during daylight hours 7 days a week.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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