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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Visitors Center, 9383 El Rancho Lane, Alamosa, CO
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+1 719-589-4021
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:00

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Quiet, peaceful stroll and auto tour

The Rio Grande River runs through this NWR and the scenery in the middle of the San Luis Valley is majestic, Not much in the way of wildlife when we were there, although just next... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Kris W
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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Miami, Florida
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55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we drove kind of late afternoon to the refuge, the office was closed, but we saw there was a auto guide road.. so we did it! SO well maintained and amazing to know how important this area with the water is! we say several ducks and birds! and the scenery is just amazing!

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Denver, CO, United States
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to watch wildlife, waterfowl, elk, deer. Definitely need a car or truck to drive around. Expansive.

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Longmont, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small but oh -so-well- done visitor center. We really enjoyed the displays and the hands on activities provided. Sorry I cannot remember the name of the ranger but she provided us with so many interesting facts about the area. We were just a little bit too late to see the many eagles that congregate at the bluff to eat... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe it was the time of day, but we really didn't see any wildlife on our auto tour. My kids had soaked their shoes at the sand dunes so we didn't do the walks. The visitor center was closed and there wasn't much info to even tell you what you might see. It is peaceful and picturesque with the mountains... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The Rio Grande River runs through this NWR and the scenery in the middle of the San Luis Valley is majestic, Not much in the way of wildlife when we were there, although just next door in Monte Vista NWR there were flocks of sandhill cranes.

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Thank Kris W
Coldspring, Texas
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269 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This place could be better. I realize it is managed for wildlife, but the way it is arranged seems to be designed to keep humans and animals/birds separated as far as possible. We go to many NWRs. Most of them find a way to accommodate the visitors as well as the animals. It might be a great place to see... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Easy to find, not far from sand dunes, no one else was around, visitor center was closed, road was well maintained, good signs posted through out.

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White Hall, Illinois
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20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

While camping at The Great Sand Dunes National Forest, I decided to drive less than a half hour to visit this Wildlife Refuge. I am a bird nerd and photographer and wanted to see what wildlife was here during Early September. I know this is not prime time to visit but it was so beautiful with the high desert colors.... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

This refuge is rather remote and is probably very good at another time of year. There were several shallow lakes, some dry at this time. Evidently in the Spring there is good fishing in one of the deeper lakes.

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Thank LeadGuide
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We drove to the Alamosa Nat'l Wildlife Refuge and did the loop. The visitor center was closed and looked like it has been closed for some time. We took the driving tour and saw no birds or wildlife until two thirds of the way around when we saw one small bird and a bit later, 5 ducks. It may have... More 

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