Alamosa Wildlife Refuge

9383 El Rancho Lane, , , 81101
(719) 589-4021


Humans aren't the only ones that find the valley a heavenly sanctuary. Every year tens of thousands of migratory birds and other wildlife make their home in and around the valley, and our area's three wildlife refuge centers are a terrific spot for viewing.

Between the valley's three wildlife refuges lay more than 100,000 acres of wetlands and nutrient-rich habitat perfect for grazing, roosting, feeding and playing by native and migrating wildlife, including loons, pelicans, herons, egrets, swans, hawks, eagles, falcons, sandpipers, owls, and twice a year in fall and spring, as many as 20,000 sandhill cranes.

Our migrating sandhill crane population is so prolific, in fact, the city of Monte Vista established the annual Monte Vista Crane Festival more than two decades ago to celebrate the birds and provide educational and photography opportunities for birders and other wildlife lovers. The festival draws thousands of people to the valley each year in March. These areas are perfect for easy walks and Blanca wetlands has some great fishing under the towering Sangre de Cristo Peaks.

Visit the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alamosa/Monte Vista/Baca National Wildlife Refuge Complex website. Find specific information on the San Luis Valley ecosystem, maps, wildlife, events, refuge kids, hunting, Friends of the Refuge, and history.


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Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Oct 9 6pm Saguache hosts the 5th annual Chocolate Festival come on down for Chocolate Tasting at the Saguache Community Center.

  • Sat, Oct 10 Run or walk to help Christine Bond in her fight against cancer. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the walk at 8:45 the First Street...

  • Sat, Oct 10 7am - 2pm Find fresh, local and regional produce, baked goods, crafts, cooking demos, live music, and cultural events. Come out and support local food growers by visiting...

  • Thu, Oct 15 The Southern Colorado Film Festival is run by the Southern Colorado Film Commission and strives to cultivate conversation and enrich the spirit and creativity of the San Luis...

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