The Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1962, is 12,026 acres of uplands, riparian corridors, wet meadows and river oxbows, is a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife, and provides food and safe habitat. The wetland and river habitats provide a wildlife oasis in this dry region. The A-NWR supports a variety of wildlife including songbirds, water birds, raptors like hawks and eagles, deer, beavers, coyotes and more. The west side of the refuge borders the Rio Grande River which is essential for maintaining wildlife habitats for Mallard Ducks, Pintails, Teal, Canadian Geese, American Advocets, Killdeer, White-Faced Ibis, Egrets and Herons. View the full wildlife list

These refuges are lands set aside and managed specifically for a living heritage of conserving wildlife and habitat for people today and generations to come. The Visitor Center is 4 miles east of Alamosa on highway 160 and 2 miles south on El Rancho Lane. Self-guided interpretive auto tour routes are available. Early morning and near sunset provide some extra take off and fly in viewing opportunities.

There are plenty of wildlife and habitats to explore!

Alamosa Wildlife Refuge
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa, CO 81001
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Alamosa Wildlife Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset

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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge Map

Monte Vista  and Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge Joint Map