This trail invites you to immerse yourself in the vibrant wildlife thriving within the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, a cherished gem among the 560 national wildlife refuges in the country. This refuge is one of the three components of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
As a haven for a diverse array of creatures, the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge plays a crucial role in providing a sanctuary for tens of thousands of migratory birds and other wildlife throughout the year.
Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2007, the Alamosa South Bluff Trail is no ordinary hiking path. It serves as an outdoor classroom for young explorers, a delightful destination for families seeking adventure, and a paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts.
Perfect for Hiking and Biking
Stretching 1.1 miles each way, the trail offers an easy and accessible experience for hikers and bikers of all skill levels. With an average grade of just 1%, it gently winds its way through lush riparian corridors, wetlands, and picturesque river oxbows.
Its straightforward path is well-marked, ensuring you won’t lose your way or encounter confusing intersections.
To fully appreciate your visit to the Alamosa South Bluff Trail, make sure to bring along a pair of binoculars. The trail provides you with the opportunity to observe a variety of bird species, including
Sandhill cranes, majestic Bald and Golden Eagles, lively Lewis’ woodpeckers, charismatic Black-billed magpies, melodious Willow flycatchers, and enchanting Yellow-billed cuckoos. The wildlife spectacle extends beyond avian residents as elk, mule deer, pronghorns, coyotes, and industrious beavers can also be spotted along the way.