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Monte Vista and Alamosa National Wildlife Refuges

Alamosa, CO
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Alamosa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
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Colorado
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53 reviews 53 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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
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7 helpful votes 7 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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298 reviews 298 reviews
62 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Watkinsville, Georgia
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The visitors center was supposed to be open but was not since the volunteer did not show up. The driving road was well marked, and although the signs were worn, they were readable. The Rio Grande river and the birds were interesting. Still worth a visit, but don't count on the visitor's center.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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291 reviews 291 reviews
224 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I recently visited both refuges. Both have an auto tour that is enjoyable. There are interpretive signs along the tour. You will see many species of birds, and if you're lucky beavers and deer. There is a visitor's center at Alamosa refuge, but it is open irregular hours, so call ahead. Both refuges are great to see and learn a... More

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Virginia
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Actually, we went to the Monte Vista NWR and had a great time taking the auto tour. None of us had ever seen a yellow-headed blackbird but we have now. As well as ducks, coots, Canadian Geese, hawks, etc. The sanctuary is nice & peaceful and you can hear all of the birds but not the traffic noise from the... More

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