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Monte Vista and Alamosa National Wildlife Refuges

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Address: Alamosa, CO
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds...
Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
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Migration of the Sand Hill Cranes

Liked it all, no complaints. Well organized and ranger talks on buses were informative. Had a raptor tour and saw an eagle, hawk.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Liked it all, no complaints. Well organized and ranger talks on buses were informative. Had a raptor tour and saw an eagle, hawk.

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Colorado Springs
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The most amazing feature of this otherwise ordinary wildlife refuge is the annual migration of the sandhill cranes, which flock here by the thousands. Monte Vista hosts a crane festival every March, not very expensive, really neat for bird-seekers! There are informational speakers and rangers giving bus tours around the refuge at sunrise and sunset (sunrise is more active).

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

If you are I terested in birds, especially the Sandhills, this is a perfect spot to get that fix. Weather and time of year makes a difference on what one might see. We went specifically for the Sandhills and were not disappointed.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Do not come to the Monte Vista area and expect to walk. Very vehicle oriented which I was disappointed with.

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Vermont
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The visitor's center has some good viewing areas to see the thousands of cranes migrating. If you can spend some time just sitting and watching the cranes, they are so interesting. The refuge has some picnic areas where you can eat and watch and hear the birds. seeing them take off and land is a great experience.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

26,000 Sandhill cranes, huge elk herds across the road, owls, hawks, falcons, red winged blackbirds and beautiful mountain bluebirds just to name a few of the great viewing available. This is an amazing refuge. Hope we maintain it forever.

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salida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Went to the Cranefest. This is our 4th year. It is something different each time. Great experience to see these magnificent birds.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Try to time your visit with the Sandhill Crane migrations - the cranes are fascinating. There were 100s of cranes at the Monte Vista NWR, and we even saw a bald eagle at the Alamosa NWR.

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We were here during the crane migration. Holy cow - or bird - Very neat experience, we were glad we caught it. Just by chance. We may try to plan a family vacation around this place in the spring. Fun!

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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191 reviews 191 reviews
32 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This Wildlife Refuge will be packed with migrating birds in October but September is just a good time to visit and take a hike. But do come back in the fall.

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