Attractions in Monte Vista

Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce — Monte Vista is located in southern Colorado near the center of the San Luis Valley, which is the first in a series of basins along the Rio Grande. (Great River of the North). Monte Vista is the largest city in Rio Grande County and is at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 160 and 285.Spanish for Mountain View, is a historic, lively city located in the heart of the San Luis Valley. In every direction you are surrounded by some of Colorado’s magnificent 14,000 ft. peaks. Throughout the year visitors can see historic buildings and homes and participate in one of a kind events like the annual Crane Festival in March, and Colorado’s Oldest Professional Rodeo in July. For a step back in time, spend an evening with the family at the Star Drive-In. Movies are played throughout the summer on two giant screens! Ph# 719-852-2731 – 947 1st Ave, Monte Vista –  www.montevistachamber.org

Penitente Canyon Special Recreation Management Area, Zapata Falls Special Recreation Management Area, Blanca Wetlands, Rio Grande Natural Area, Stone Quarry, Limekiln trail system.  1313 East Hwy. 160 Monte Vista, CO 81144 • (719) 849-3149 • http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/slvfo.html

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge — is one of three national wildlife refuges in the Valley that provides crucial feeding, resting, and breeding habitat for over 200 bird species and other wildlife.  The Refuge’s wetlands are artificially made and intensively managed to provide habitat for a variety of waterfowl and other water birds.  Water from irrigation canals and wells maintain this important wetland habitat.  Mallards, pintails, teal, and Canada geese are common, as are American avocets, killdeer, white-faced ibis, egrets, and herons.  6120 Hwy 15 Monte Vista, CO 81144 • (719) 589-4021  • www.fws.gov/refuge/Monte_Vista/visit/plan_your_visit.html