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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

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Dateline, 09/17/2018 - Based on the recommendations of MVNWR-related sites, I drove down there in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Grand Junction, Colorado
Great views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains

We got lucky on our drive, great views of the mountains,bring binoculars . Prong horned sheep and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Joel H
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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“sandhill cranes”(37 reviews)
“crane festival”(13 reviews)
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Wilderness complex that provides a habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.
Alamosa, CO
+1 719-589-4021
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Dateline, 09/17/2018 - Based on the recommendations of MVNWR-related sites, I drove down there in the afternoon, looking for Sandhill cranes. One thing not mentioned, and forgotten by me, is that it's been a very dry year. Most of the ponds/lakes were mudflats at best....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We got lucky on our drive, great views of the mountains,bring binoculars . Prong horned sheep and lots of birds. The views ande incredible. Look for cranes.

1  Thank Joel H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the 2 mile drive through the refuge. Lots of places to pull over to checkout the wildlife. We went in the morning and the scenery was so beautiful!

Thank Clay S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Has a short, but nice auto tour & a nature walk that's 4 miles out & back. Very relaxing. Saw a couple birds to add to our list since we are from California. The person in the visitor center was really nice & helpful.

1  Thank mundaySacramento
Reviewed 13 July 2018

This is a good spot to stop for any kind of waterfowl interests. There's an office, rest rooms and lots of info included. The nicest surprise is that there is a driving tour, giving an easy, care-free drive through the grounds. Take as much or...More

Thank MisterTravels21
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Teaming with life. The birds have really taken to this place. One way drive of about 2.5 miles. A few turn outs to stop and be quiet and enjoy.

2  Thank ki0ki
Reviewed 19 May 2018

I was here to photograph the Sand Hill Crane Migration. Wasn't really sure what to expect. But it's very easy to get around, however, walking access is limited to protect the wildlife. Mainly, it's a driving loop but there are plenty of pull out sites...More

Thank Renae P
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

I stopped by this reserve to see the sand hill cranes on their annual visit to the area. I was not disappointed in that endeavor, as I saw thousands of them on either side of Highway 15 going through the Refuge. The sight of these...More

3  Thank Resselm6
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We planned our trip to the refuge to see the Sandhill Cranes. We saw thousands of cranes and other migratory birds. The views were spectacular too. Definitely worth the trip.

1  Thank COLOHUT
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I love that we are setting aside places for migratory birds as it shows a real commitment to the environment. Unfortunately, most of the sand hill cranes flew over the area on their way to nesting elsewhere (they must not have received the memo). I...More

1  Thank Michael C
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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