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Address: 7725 County Road 154, Salida, CO
Phone Number: 719/539-6877
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Those interested in fish or looking for children's outing

In season has guides to talk about work of hatchery and walk you around various ponds with fish of various sizes. Lots of information and kids love watching fish run. Guides... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Betty T
Dorchester, New Hampshire
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Dorchester, New Hampshire
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In season has guides to talk about work of hatchery and walk you around various ponds with fish of various sizes. Lots of information and kids love watching fish run. Guides provide some of fish food so kids can feed. Good time had by all. Avoid hot part of day as can be very hot in open while walking around.

Thank Betty T
Loveland, Colorado
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

very interesting place my wife and I loved it kids will like it very much fish love to be fed video they show is very interesting staff very friendly and answers ant questions you may have

Thank 729geraldk
Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Don't go with HUGE expectations, and you will not be disappointed! Come-on, its free and educational! I have three teenagers with my wife and I. We ALL 5 ENJOYED THIS! Sit down, watch the 10 min video about what they do. Then you get to go out and feed all of the fish for free! Plan a hour. Just enjoy... More 

Thank Richard S
Howard, Colorado
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223 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

From little kids to us big kids (63 years old) the Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery is a must tour for locals and out of town visitors. We were met by Bill, volunteer host, and he immediately gave our grandson (3 years old) a container of fish food. He was sold - this is going to be fun!!!!! We walked along... More 

Thank Mark G
Westborough, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went with our 2 kids and our friends' 2 kids. Everyone had a great time. They gave us plenty of food to feed the fish and we walked around looking at the various stages, etc. The staff there were very helpful and at the end, we went in and watched what was actually a pretty good video about Colorado... More 

Thank maakdiggity
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Visitor center has a short (about 8 minute) film about Colorado fish hatcheries and the excellent work they do. Volunteer was friendly. They give each visitor a free coffee container of fish food to feed the fish. Fun way to spend an hour and educational too about Colorado fishing. No dogs allowed, but very nearby parking available and a quick... More 

Thank MileHighCty
Evansville, Indiana
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Having a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and loving fly fishing it was a no brain er. My daughter loved it. We were greeted by a nice Biologist who was originally from the Chicago area. He was very friendly and pointed out the ponds and runs and their explained their mission. Afterwards gave us some food to feed the... More 

1 Thank flyfisherman83
Henderson, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My kids love fish and we always have to check out the hatchery when we are around one. They have a large place with lots of little fish. The staff I spoke with was very friendly and informative.

1 Thank Lore N
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Our large family decided visit the hatchery on our annual vacation to Salida. The video was pretty neat and feeding the trout was fun too. Just don't expect to be there for more than an hour.

3 Thank Lisers227
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Uncrowded on the day we were there in mid-Aug. Video presentation on the history of the hatchery and then the opportunity to tour the rearing ponds and feed the fish. Time well spent for my grandaughters (ages 9 and 11) both for entertainment and educational value.

1 Thank coloradotraveler11

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