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

  • Sat, Sep 23 You can visit the Market every Saturday during the months of July through October. At the Alamosa Farmers' Market you can find fresh, local and regional produce, baked...

  • Sat, Sep 23 This event is Chalk Full of Family Fun! Artists can team up or go it alone to create Sidewalk Art at the Depot on the Corner of Sixth...

  • Sat, Sep 23 Form a team & share your energy at the 14th annual Stephanie L. Miner 5K walk and run. Join us as we walk, jog & run to celebrate...

  • Sat, Sep 30 Alamosa is proud to bring on the fall with our own first annual Oktobrufest. The event will host breweries and distilleries that use the barley and other...

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