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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

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Alamosa, CO
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Level, well-graded dirt road . . .

We went at mid-day and didn't expect to see much astir at that time. There were plenty of water... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Janet L
Saint Louis, Missouri
You've got'ta look!

OK, yes, this is a marshy bird habitat but there's more than that. Price is right - free or... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert C
Austin, Texas
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Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went at mid-day and didn't expect to see much astir at that time. There were plenty of water fowl, lots of raptors and yellow-headed blackbirds. The signage was helpful. There's also a short nature trail loop with signs and benches. A peaceful afternoon. We...More

Thank Janet L
Reviewed 2 days ago

OK, yes, this is a marshy bird habitat but there's more than that. Price is right - free or donation. Deer and snakes live there also! The Hdqtrs has a very nice display of birds and critters. Did the "driving tour" and decided to take...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 27 July 2017

NWR is on the East side of road & not a very big sign so don't blink. We were on a dual sport motorcycle & it read if we stayed on loop it was okay.One other gentleman was there taking pictures of wildlife but we...More

Thank dagoDenver
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We never found the visitors center open during our two visits to this refuge, however, their are pamphlets available there that describe their walking trail and their driving tour. We took the driving tour on two separate days to see and photograph some of the...More

1  Thank GreeleyJoe
Reviewed 30 May 2017

After a day of driving around San Luis Valley, this was a nice respite. There is a building with a bit of information and a very friendly and informative staff person. You can either take an audio tour or a walk (2 miles one way-out...More

1  Thank Chris L
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Located in the beautiful high desert of the San Luis Valley, the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge provides a unique habitat for all sorts of wildlife including waterfowl, sandhill cranes, elk, deer and more. Visiting during wildlife seasons is a must so check before you...More

5  Thank angie1966d
Reviewed 26 April 2017

The refuge is set up to accommodate many visitors during the annual sandhill crane festival. Consequently there are plenty of parking areas but many of them are pretty boring if the cranes aren't present. During the rest of the year you will want to visit...More

1  Thank Doug K
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Visited just after a snow fall and went to the Visitor Centre for information, exhibit and film, explaining the geography, history and importance of such a place. Great place, very helpful staff and very knowledgeable as well. Lovely vistas and such a contrast with the...More

Thank colinobx
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great place to see the Sandhill Cranes in the Spring and Fall. As the summer goes along it tends to dry up, but beautiful in the spring with all the waterfowl.

Thank Benjamin L
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I've wanted to go out to Monte Vista and see the crane migration for years, and we finally did this March. If you're into birds, it's a pretty cool experience. They weren't very close, but with decent binoculars or a powerful zoom lens, you can...More

Thank Gregory W
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Response from iamdjstar | Reviewed this property |
The road into it is not paved but graded. Depending on the time. I took my '05 Chevy Cavalier down it and it does some MAJOR washboard vibration, but it goes into farm lands. It is not a danger, but it was the noisiest... More