Wildlife Viewing

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 Alamosa City Ranch Oxbow Trail is also known for its variety of bird viewing opportunities. 

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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Creed Mining Loop Trails

This 17-mile self-guided tour traverses through a well-preserved mining area just North of Creed, Colorado. Visitors can choose to drive through, hike, or cycle their way ...
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Dark Sky Park, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park

Recognized as a Dark Sky Park in 2019, the Great Sand Dunes National Park has since become an increasingly popular destination for those searching for a unique yet i ...
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Rio Grande National Forest

The Rio Grande National Forest is considered to be one of the true undiscovered jewels of Colorado. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Rio Grande National Forest o ...
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San Luis State Wildlife Area

Neighboring the Great Sand Dunes National Park, this wildlife area is ideal for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-related recreation. Please Note: A valid hunti ...
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Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area

The Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area is a breathtakingly rugged and beautifully preserved area located immediately to the Northwest of Alamosa. Standing tall behind the G ...
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The Rio Grande

Float the Rio By the time the Rio Grande reaches Alamosa, it has slowed down to a leisurely pace. This makes the waters perfect for floating! This stretch is also popula ...
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