Monte Vista Walking Trail

Located in the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, this 0.5-mile greenway is a bird watcher's paradise and provides habitat for waterfowl including mallards, egrets, and approximately 21,000 Sandhill cranes that migrate biannually through the area.

photo:  Photo by Provided by Clarke Dirks.

Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, On CO 15, about 6 miles south of Monte Vista.
State(s): Colorado
Counties: Rio Grande
Longitude: -106.14458
Latitude: 37.4858

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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. "

Additional Details

Width: 67 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Maximum Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 7,650
Elevation High Point: 7,651
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2007

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Monte Vista NWR

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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

 

Photos

 Photo by Provided by Clarke Dirks.

Photo by Provided by Clarke Dirks.

Monte Vista Walking Trail - 7-14-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Monte Vista Walking Trail - 7-14-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

 

Rio Grande Nature Trail - 7-14-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Rio Grande Nature Trail - 7-14-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Monta Vista Walking Trail - 7-14-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Monta Vista Walking Trail - 7-14-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Reviews

Monte Vista Nature Trail - 7-14-18

This is a very short gravel nature trail on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. It goes right through a marsh area and has a bench and viewing area. Very simple trail, but highly likely you will see several types of birds.

October 27, 2018

 

 



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