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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

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Alamosa, CO
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Went to See the Sandhill Cranes in March

I've wanted to go out to Monte Vista and see the crane migration for years, and we finally did this... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Gregory W
Bailey, Colorado
Don't Miss It!!!

If you have the chance to see the Crane Festival in March, DON"T turn away. It's one of the most... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2017
Southern California
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Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

I've wanted to go out to Monte Vista and see the crane migration for years, and we finally did this March. If you're into birds, it's a pretty cool experience. They weren't very close, but with decent binoculars or a powerful zoom lens, you can...More

Thank Gregory W
Reviewed 2 April 2017

If you have the chance to see the Crane Festival in March, DON"T turn away. It's one of the most amazing things you'll see in your life. 20,000+ Sandhill Cranes partying in front of a breathtaking backdrop of mountains.

Thank mindwanderweg
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Don't miss the drive thru loop at sunrise. Birds galore from coots to hawks to mallards to meadowlarks. You might even catch the muskrat swimming by.

Thank Melissa L
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This was our first visit to this NWR, but it certainly won't be our last, What an amazing place tucked away in the middle of the San Luis Valley. We came to see the migration of the sandhill cranes -- spectacular!!

Thank Kris W
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Anyone traveling in this area of Colorado in March must stop into this refuge to view the Greater Sandhill Cranes as they migrate through.

Thank jwyly
Reviewed 13 March 2017

we experienced the sandhill cranes arriving at 0715 on the spring forward sunday in march amidst a red sky at morning to the east and a full moon hovering over the mountains to the west. oh how grans it twas.

Thank robsidarn
Reviewed 12 March 2017

There is no Visitor Center most days, since they are run by volunteers. The refuge is a large area of fields for the Sandhill Cranes plus 4 "Wildlife viewing pulloffs" alongside highway 15. This lets you get pretty close to the cranes. It is a...More

Thank Red23Hair34
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We live only 3 hrs from this wonderful natural migratory event but this was only our second year to view. Lots of photo opportunities and good look to observe behavior. We went just before the upcoming crane festival...not too crowded but also no information available...More

1  Thank tornillo2015
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank Jennisqueeze
Reviewed 22 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.

Thank Wanderer0213
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Response from iamdjstar | Reviewed this property |
The road into it is not paved but graded. Depending on the time. I took my '05 Chevy Cavalier down it and it does some MAJOR washboard vibration, but it goes into farm lands. It is not a danger, but it was the noisiest... More