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. 

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

  • Wed, Jul 27 Wrights Amusement Carnival. Canned Food Drive--Bring 2 cans of food items allows the purchase of all-day carnival pass for $20.

  • Thu, Jul 28 5:30pm Rotary Chuckwagon Dinner. 7:30pm Concert featuring Josh Turner, double-platinum singer, songwriter and Clare Dunn, one of country music's new stars. 10pm - 1pm Dance.

  • Fri, Jul 29 Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo began in 1919. 10am Parade. 2pm Local Rodeo Amateur events & professional slack. 7pm PRCA Rodeo. 9pm-1pm (concert-music-dance)

  • Fri, Jul 29 Join us for the San Luis Valley Beat the Heat BBQ, a sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society and Rocky Mountain Barbecue Association State Championship event. Enjoy BBQ and...

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