Alamosa Wildlife Refuge

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

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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, Mar 3 Carin Mari is a songwriter from the heart with a deep passion for her music. She finds inspiration from life at home in the mountains of...

  • Tue, Mar 7 The Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley is bringing two Denver-based rock and hip-hop groups, The Flobots and 2MX2, to town for a benefit...

  • Wed, Mar 8 7pm Presented by ALMA (Alamosa Live Music Associaton) & ASU Music Department. Colcannon enjoys being among the leading traditional Celtic ensembles active today. No matter what size venue,...

  • Fri, Mar 10 See thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate to the San Luis Valley for their annual "Spring Break" of sorts. Bus tours will be taken with wildlife experts out to...

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