Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife in Alamosa

Birding is a favorite past time for 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. 


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.


Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Jun 24 10am The 14th Annual Alamosa Artwalk will be held on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, 25th in Downtown Alamosa. The Artwalk features local artists, musicians and restaurant specials

  • Fri, Jun 24 7:30pm 7:30pm PRCA Rodeo *National Guard Military Appreciation Night**8pm Alamosa Round-Up Rodeo Dance and Street Party in downtown Alamosa will feature "Narrow Gauge". An award...

  • Sat, Jun 25 The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is proud to present it's Mountain Rails Live summer concert series. Ride the Rio Grande Scenic Route up to the Fir Summit Amphitheater...

  • Sat, Jun 25 Toxic Seven is hosting their first Free music festival June 25th 2016. It will be held in Alamosa,Colorado at Cole park by the baseball field.The music festival will...

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