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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Alamosa, CO
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Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds,...

Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.

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$M View and Animals Too

Open grassland and shallow ponds attract migrating birds and animals of all kinds to this peaceful acreage framed by two mountain ranges. Just yesterday we saw flocks of sand-hill... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Open grassland and shallow ponds attract migrating birds and animals of all kinds to this peaceful acreage framed by two mountain ranges. Just yesterday we saw flocks of sand-hill cranes and Canada geese. We looked out with our field glasses and spied a herd of about a hundred elk grazing.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Very cool refuge full of waterfowl, so many sandhill cranes, maybe a thousand or more! Very easy park to get around with plenty of parking. No brainier, a must stop.

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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

It's impossible to overstate how glorious it is to see these birds for the first time. We thought we might be too late in the season to see them, but there they were. Definitely bring binoculars. Simply spectacular.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

I stayed in Alamosa so I could come into town a bit early and try to run over to the Refuge. It was gray and overcast to the south, a bit of rain and an evening, early spring. The light in the early evening was absolutely breathtaking. Because it was barely spring, the trees were mostly leafless but the mountains... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

My son had heard that Sandhill cranes were migrating through this Refuge. We saw about one hundred cranes. Also saw many varieties of ducks and other birds.

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

My wife and I visited the preserve based on Trip Advisor Reviews. We saw a fair number of ducks, geese, and what we think were a few Sand Hill Cranes a long way away. It was a nice day and wish we were in the area when the Sand Hill Cranes were around.

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Thank Drogjo
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We loved our auto drive tour, what a beautiful place. We didn't see any sand hill crsnes but we saw plenty of birds.

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Blanca, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

What a treat to park your car and get out and sit and watch the Sandhill Cranes. Plenty of easy parking and info boards and benches. Or bring your own chairs.

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Reviewed 24 August 2016

I visited just before the Crain festival It was a clear but cold day ,I had the place to myself ,Very loud with all the Crain's and geese ,still was great ,I also saw Bald Eagle and snow Geese

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Depending on time of the year many migratory birds fly through the valley visiting the wetlands.On County Road 15 approximately at 8 E. you will find the Wildlife Deptmartment.Wildlife officials have a vast knowledge of the Reserve and can direct you to proper viewing sites.There is an auto tour and various stops along 15 designed to enjoy.Please check in at... More 

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