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Monte Vista and Alamosa National Wildlife Refuges

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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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Sandhill Crane Spectacle

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Alamosa, Colorado
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Alamosa, Colorado
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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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Larkspur, Colorado
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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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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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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

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

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Antonito, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I had a really nice time viewing the cranes, great photos i probably need to invest in a better camera i didnt get many close ups of cranes :( It was def. worth the stop!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went to see the cranes, about 10 days after the big festival. There were still some, but not many, about 100. There were lots of geese too. The site is very nice marshy land and there is a 2.5 mile road you can drive along, get out to view, etc. And a short loop walk in one area.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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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