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Monte Vista and Alamosa National Wildlife Refuges

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Address: Alamosa, CO
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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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Holy... SANDHILLS!

Fall Sandhill Crane migration. Seriously, it's worth the drive from wherever you are that is sort of close. Okay, that isn't super convincing, but there isn't much else to do in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
Curtis B
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Texas
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Texas
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68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

Fall Sandhill Crane migration. Seriously, it's worth the drive from wherever you are that is sort of close. Okay, that isn't super convincing, but there isn't much else to do in the middle of the San Luis Valley besides drink beer at San Luis Valley Brewing or do other things legal in Colorado. So check out the Cranes in October!

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Thank Curtis B
San Francisco, California
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137 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

The amount of wildlife varies by season. These are heavily populated by migratory birds in the winter months and mostly vacant the remainder of the year.

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Thank elkhornsun
Woodruff, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Very nice worth going to. Had a great time great drive. Love the yellow headed black birds. There is much to see nice road to drive. Many birds and great views

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Thank Randy M
Whitehouse, Texas
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202 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

When the sand hill cranes are migrating through, it is an amazing site. At other times, it is interesting but not exciting.

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1 Thank aspenbc
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This was an excellent place to view birds. We liked Alamosa better than Monte Vista. It had an auto tour and a nature trail, along with outdoor restrooms. We didn't see anything like that at Monte Vista. I kept feeling like we were missing something. However, we were amazed at the large flocks of birds at Monte Vista. We plan... More 

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Alamosa, Colorado
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Easy driiving routes, well-marked. The annual migration of the sandhill cranes was nothing short of spectacular this spring. Plan to return for the fall migration as well.

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1 Thank Kathy K
Larkspur, Colorado
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61 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We often like to stop at Wildlife Refuge when we travel; and recently visited this one. There is a hiking travel, the Rio Grande Trail, nice flat level trail that is next to the river. Many birds to look at. Then we also did the driving tour and stopped and read the signs along the way. It was a cool... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We hiked the trail along the Rio Grande and drove the scenic road enjoying the birds and the views. Quiet afternoon was very peaceful.

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1 Thank Adventurers8
Tampa, Florida
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127 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

It was a nice drive, but pretty empty wetlands. We only saw about 10 birds on the miles long loop and nothing out of the ordinary. Might be better in other seasons.

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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Do not miss the experience of viewing the sandhill cranes at this well maintained and protected refuge!

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