Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife in Alamosa

Birding is a favorite past time of many in the San Luis Valley.  Wetlands and wildlife refuges offer wonderful viewing opportunities.

In spring, sandhill cranes, waterfowl, and other migrating birds stop at Monte Vista NWR to refuel on their journey to northern breeding grounds.  The Valley celebrates with an annual Sandhill Crane Festival.  As they migrate to southern wintering grounds in the fall, the cranes stop again at the Refuge to refuel.  Best birding opportunities are during March-May in spring and during September - November in the fall.  Find out more about cranes and other birds from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

See what you can find.  Get the wildlife list at the SLV refuges or view SLV birding information at the Colorado Field Ornithologist's' site. 

Wildlife

The enviroment surrounding Alamosa provides abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.  The Rio Grande National Forest is home to elk, mule deer, big horn sheep, bear, mountain lion, pronghorn antelope, red fox, coyote and many many smaller species.

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Upcoming Events

  • Thu, Sep 4 Celebrate at the Great Sand Dunes National Park as they unveil their 2014 quarter! It's part of the U.S. Mint's "America the Beautiful" coin series, and the...

  • Sat, Sep 6 The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is proud to bring back their summer concerts known as the Mountain Rails Live Concert Series! September 6 & 7 Suzy Bogguss...

  • Sat, Sep 6 The POWWOW is an enerfy-filled community event that is free and open to the public. There will be music, dancing, and vendors from 9AM till sundown.

  • Thu, Sep 11 7pm This year's theme for the Southern Colorado Film Festival is "One Valley, Many Voices." The SoCo Film Commission seeks to bring the filmmaker's power of self-expression to...

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