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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
MONTE VISTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
MONTE VISTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa, Colorado   81101

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Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) are found in the heart of the Colorado's San Luis Valley. Alamosa NWR includes 11,169 acres of wetlands of various depths and sizes located primarily within the Rio Grande flood plain. The natural wet meadows, river oxbows, and riparian corridors support high wildlife diversity including songbirds, water birds, raptors, deer, beaver, and coyotes. <P>The artificially created wetlands on Monte Vista NWR's 14,804 acres are intensively managed to provide habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl and other water birds. Mallards, pintail, teal, and Canada geese are common, as are American avocets, killdeer, white-faced ibis, egrets, and herons. Irrigation canals and wells provide precious water to maintain important wetland habitat. <P>The entire Rocky Mountain population of sandhill cranes migrate biannually through the Monte Vista NWR and the San Luis Valley each year. These cranes collectively spend more time in the San Luis Valley than at their wintering and breeding grounds, making it a crucial migratory stopover for this population. The Monte Vista Crane Festival is held annually in early March to celebrate the return of the cranes. <P>
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June 7 Sierra Club Member and hiker
Our Sierra Club group from Illinois visited the Refuge on June 3. The Wildlife Refuge manager gave us a private tour on a beautiful morning in Colorado. We saw deer, procupine, white faced ibis, Wilson Phalarope and many other beautiful birds and ducks.


Directions
The headquarters for both Refuges is located at Alamosa NWR, 4 miles east of the town of Alamosa, Colorado, on Highway 160 and 2 miles south on El Rancho Lane. Monte Vista NWR is located 6 miles south of the town of Monte Vista on Highway 15. <P>

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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge