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The main building was not open but we parked, picked up a map and walked a trail. It was the middle of the day and we weren’t expecting to see many animals. We took the driving tour and saw 3 elk eating in the distance-...More
Stopped here one morning about 8 AM, and it was cool to drive around alone. Saw a several birds, but I was expecting more variety. The visitor center was not open, so I cannot comment on that. The road for the auto-tour is pretty smooth...More
The tourist center was closed (note said open occasionally). The walk trail was also locked. The drive to the center is on a washboard road - be ready to bounce. The loop drive is not so bad (dirt). I only saw a total of 3...More
Pretty reserve with an auto tour & nice nature walking paths. We were able to add a couple new bird sighting, since we are from California's pacific flyway, so score!
Visitor center was really interesting, & staff was friendly/helpful.
We'll go back again when visiting...More
We drove through the refuge after receiving a tip from a volunteer at Great Sand Dunes. I was leading a group of middle school students in late February, so we were told we should try to see the cranes, who fly in around dusk. I...More
My wife and I stopped here while on our way to Mesa Verde. I am a birder and wanted to see what was around. The refuge center was open and the ranger was very pleasant and helpful, we drove slowly around the perimeter road. Although...More
We were lucky, visiting on a sunny, if windy, October day. The fall colours of the bushes, trees, rushes and greasses were magnificent in the sunshine and the river was navy blue. Beyond the plateau, the impressive mountain ranges were snow-capped. Among the interesting birds...More
We gave up on the washboard roads before reaching The Bluff on our last visit; our loss. The roads seemed better this time, but it is still slow going in spots. The Bluff Road is a loop worth visiting. Take binoculars if you have them....More