Location: Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, On CO 15, about 6 miles south of Monte Vista.
Counties: Rio Grande
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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.
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 DocumentsWebsite: Monte Vista NWR
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.
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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