Rio Grande State Wildlife Area
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)
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: A valid hunting or fishing license will be required for everyone 18 or older attempting to access any State Wildlife Area or State Trust Land leased by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Restrictions: Closed Feb 15 to July 15 to protect nesting birds.
Parking: Unpaved parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Monte Vista
Handicapped Access: Limited viewing from car.