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“march madness with thousands of sandcranes”

Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Alamosa
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Owner description: Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
Estes Park, Colorado
Level Contributor
124 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“march madness with thousands of sandcranes”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

We decided to make an impromptu last minute trip in hopes to catch the sand cranes. No birds at alamosa but thousands at and near the Monte Vista refuge. This is a sight and sound not to be missed.

Visited March 2014
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Antonito, Colorado, United States
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“An Oasis of Beauty and Serenity”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

This is a beautiful place, peaceful, with lots of places to stop and bird watch or take pictures. I saw at least 7 species of birds in addition to the Sand Hill Cranes. The migration was over but some of them lingered. It is quiet and a good place to sit and look out over the water and think. It's worth the trip, and if you ever get to go to the Crane Festival you will see hundreds of cranes in migration and mingle with bird lovers from all over the world with many activities and educational opportunities.

Visited June 2013
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Watkinsville, Georgia
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118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Affected by budget cuts”
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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
“Beautiful area.”
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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Virginia
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62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Yellow-headed Blackbird”
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
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