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Monte Vista and Alamosa National Wildlife Refuges

Address: Alamosa, CO
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Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Alamosa
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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188 reviews 188 reviews
32 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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Peoria, Arizona, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Easy to find & drive thru. You never know what you'll see. Big variety of bids & I've seen pheasant, wild turkey & cranes. Known to have elk, deer, antelope & a peaceful drive! They maintain it well.

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Colorado
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Both Alamosa and Monte Vista have good driving tours. There are a lot of spots to pull over and take pictures. We saw a lot of great birds, including White Faced Ibis, which was the hope of my excursion. Monte Vista was a bit more reedy, and sometimes harder to see over the verge, but the verge is what makes... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Wonderful place to observe birds and wildlife. Self-guided, 2-mile tour was informative and peaceful. Only 2 other people visiting at the time we were there.

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Hamburg, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We saw a variety of bird species the morning we were there. Since the area was closed to foot traffic, we stayed on the auto route that weaves through the nature preserve

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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368 reviews 368 reviews
76 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We returned for the Sandhill Crane Migration...absolutely wonderful. This is a tremendous photo opportunity and we took advantage of it. We brought our dog with and he was curious, but did not bark (I believe it was because they were bigger than him and he was greatly outnumbered). We believe it is best to drive through and around the Wildlife... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Going for the Sandhill Crane Migration in the Spring was something that we wanted to do for a long time. Although we didn't go to the Crane Festival this time, I think my husband and I will go to that in the future for all the educational aspects. We stayed two nights in Monte Vista. I'm not sure we saw... More 

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Estes Park, Colorado
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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We decided to make an impromptu last minute trip in hopes to catch the sand cranes. No birds at alamosa but thousands at and near the Monte Vista refuge. This is a sight and sound not to be missed.

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Antonito, Colorado, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a beautiful place, peaceful, with lots of places to stop and bird watch or take pictures. I saw at least 7 species of birds in addition to the Sand Hill Cranes. The migration was over but some of them lingered. It is quiet and a good place to sit and look out over the water and think. It's... More 

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