Monte Vista Walking Trail

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Trail Distance: 0.5 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description

If you and Fido enjoy seeing some unique birds and vegetation, the Monte Vista Walking Trail is the place to be. Despite its short length, the path is jampacked with over a dozen species of wildlife and plants, along an asphalt path of 67 inches that surrounds one of the area's main habitats.

The trail resides in the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, a bird sanctuary with different displays and trails with over 15,000 acres. The Monte Vista Walking Trail is just inside the main entrance of the preserve and offers a small trailhead with a kiosk full of information. With only half a mile of space, the trail loops around a pond and some wetland area and connects back to the main road, where people can walk on the get back to their cars, or backtrack along the trail to get back to.

Although the scenery is nice and the trails are easy and flat for walking, bird-watching is the main activity for visitors. A number of different waterfowl live in the area, including mallards, egrets, Canadian geese, American avocets, killdeer, white-faced ibis, and herons. Not only that, but the preserve offers grounds for nearly 21,000 Sandhill cranes that migrate here. The best time to see these birds is during the morning or early afternoon hours. Although there is still plenty to see later in the day, not as much activity goes on then.

There are no amenities on the trail, so you will need to bring water and clean-up bags for your dog. Benches on the trail allow a space to sit and relax while enjoying the views. The trail can get popular, thanks to the income of normal visitors and school field trips to see the natural wonders of the area.

With people around or not, you and Fido will have plenty to view along with your walk, which will provide a short but enjoyable time outside.

Trail Features
Muddy, Rocky, Lake, Desert, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape, Wetland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
There is no shade along the trail, so make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen. Bug spray is also needed due to the watery area surrounding the trail. Birds and other wildlife may sometimes come onto the trail, so keep an eye on your pup so they don't disturb them.
Address
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, East Co Road 6 South
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Hours
Mon 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tue 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thu 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
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Address
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, East Co Road 6 South
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Hours
Mon 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tue 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thu 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed