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

  • Mon, Sep 29 12pm Nationally known paper artist Megan Singleton will be Artist in Residence at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve September 29th through October 15th. As part of...

  • Sat, Oct 4 Beer and Bratwurst will be served in time to German Oompa Band music as the train winds through the mountain passes. Get your tickets at www.coloradotrains.com

  • Sat, Oct 4 The 11th Annual Stephanie L. Miner 5K Run/Walk will be held at Alamosa's Cole Park on October 4th at 9:45AM. To pre-register it's $30.00, to register the...

  • Sat, Oct 11 A full day of events in Historic Downtown Saguache! 5K Cannibal Crawl, Rib Cook-Off, Bear & Mustache Contest, Pumpkin Toss, Beer Garden, Old Fashioned Children's Games, Chocolate Festival,...

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