Rio Grande State Wildlife Area

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As you might expect, the Rio Grande flows through this 940-acre State Wildlife Area, and the riparian trees and brush along the river support many birds in the breeding season and many more in migration. Look for Bald Eagles, especially in the colder months. Some wetlands south of the river can have herons and ducks. Mule deer are fairly common.

County: Rio Grande
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Marsh

Directions: Drive north two miles from US 160 on County Line Road (Rio Grande CR 6E/Alamosa CR S-100) between Monte Vista and Alamosa. There are a total of six parking area entrances to this wildlife area, both along CR 6E and near Home Lake SWA off of Sherman Avenue.

Delorme: 80 D2
Roads of Colorado: 134 C3

Dates of Access: Open all year (sometimes closed in nesting season)
Hours: Any
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Closed Feb 15 to July 15 to protect nesting birds.
Parking: Unpaved parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Monte Vista

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited viewing from car.

Elevation: 7600
Latitude: 37.565331
Longitude: -106.039288

URL: http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/StateWildlifeAreas/

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
Camping
Picnic
HuntingYes
FishingYes