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Monte Vista Walking Trail

Location Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, On CO 15, about 6 miles south of Monte Vista.
State(s) Colorado
Counties Rio Grande
Type Greenway
Length 0.50 Miles / 0.80 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description


"The Monte Vista Walking Trail is located approximately 6 miles south of Monte Vista on Highway 15. The trail is on the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges Complex. The trail was created by the Friends of the San Luis Valley and is 0.5 miles long. The Monte Vista Walking Trial is located near the beginning of the auto tour.

In the spring and fall 95% of the Rocky Mountain population of Sandhill cranes migrate through the San Luis Valley. The San Luis Valley is the only major spring and fall migration stopover for the Rocky Mountain population of the Greater Sandhill cranes. There are approximately 21,000 Sandhill cranes that migrate biannually through this area.

The Monte Vista Refuge has artificially created wetlands that 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.

The trail is maintained by the Refuge staff and the Friends of the San Luis Valley. It is used by a variety of visitors, from school children on field trips to people just out enjoying the day. "

 

Visitor Information


Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset

Directions

Not Available

 

Additional Information

Width: 67 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed Rock

Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: 7650

Elevation High Point: 7651

Year Designated: 2007

Date Last Updated: 02/21/2013

 

Contact Information

Trail Management:
Clarke Dirks
US Fish and Wildlife Service
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa , CO 81101
(719) 589-4021
clarke_dirks@fws.gov
http://alamosa.fws.gov

 

Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Monte Vista NWR Website View/Download

 

 

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