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“Affected by budget cuts” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Alamosa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
Watkinsville, Georgia
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118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Affected by budget cuts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

The visitors center was supposed to be open but was not since the volunteer did not show up. The driving road was well marked, and although the signs were worn, they were readable. The Rio Grande river and the birds were interesting. Still worth a visit, but don't count on the visitor's center.

Visited August 2013
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Silverdale, Washington
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614 reviews
499 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful area.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

I recently visited both refuges. Both have an auto tour that is enjoyable. There are interpretive signs along the tour. You will see many species of birds, and if you're lucky beavers and deer. There is a visitor's center at Alamosa refuge, but it is open irregular hours, so call ahead. Both refuges are great to see and learn a little about the local ecosystem

Visited May 2013
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62 reviews
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“Yellow-headed Blackbird”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

Actually, we went to the Monte Vista NWR and had a great time taking the auto tour. None of us had ever seen a yellow-headed blackbird but we have now. As well as ducks, coots, Canadian Geese, hawks, etc. The sanctuary is nice & peaceful and you can hear all of the birds but not the traffic noise from the nearby road.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank greg2mar
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We have visited the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge numerous times. Sometimes there are
1000's of cranes and at other times none . When the weather is decent and La Veta pass is open we come down to the San Luis Valley every year . Our last visit was on Friday March 15th in the afternoon. What a treat, just south of the wildlife refuge auto loop was a field full of sand hill cranes as far as the eye could see. The sound of the cranes calling to one another is amazing.

Visited March 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great for Birdwatchers and lovers of nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

Monte Vista - excellent small reserve, easy to tour around in the car and watch birds. I went in March specifically to see the sandhill cranes and wasnt disappointed. Excellent viewing, great scenery as a backdrop. Easy to get out at designated areas to use telescope or camera if needed. There was very little people on the reserve which probably made the experience better.

At Alamosa, there was little wildlife due to a heavy frost/ice so I was more of a victim to the weather than the actual reserve. It looks as if it has potential, good easy tour track for cars, elevated so that you get views across the reed beds. Plenty of Butoes and Hawks around and I think a couple of weeks later would have been full of spring/summer migrants. Would recommend both reserves to birdwatching friends as a place to go in colorado at the right time of the year.

Visited March 2013
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