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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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Craning Our Necks

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Beth E
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Denver, Colorado
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Tampa, Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
32 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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 11 reviews
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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58 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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6 helpful votes 6 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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