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Photographer’s Paradise


Tips for the perfect photos: Photograph during the magic hours (one hour after sunrise, one hour before sunset) when the sun is at a low angle creating a warm color balance, long shadows and stunning effects. Take several options with varying depths of field. Look for leading lines that take viewers' eyes through images. [...]

Photographer’s Paradise2017-04-24T12:19:47-06:00

Colorado State Trivia


State Bird: Lark Bunting Lark Buntings are a fairly common sparrow of the High Plains. Males are distinctive with black body and white wings. After breeding, it is the only male sparrow that changes dramatically to drab plumage of gray-brown and white striped much like the females. State Fish: Greenback Cutthroat Trout [...]

Colorado State Trivia2017-01-06T20:19:43-07:00

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge


The unique ecosystems of the San Luis Valley have a plethora of birds and waterfowl. A tapestry of wetlands and agricultural fields are filled with the sounds of cranes, geese, ducks and more, including deer and elk herds. The San Luis Valley has two national wildlife refuges open to the public, the Alamosa National [...]

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge2017-02-03T15:15:03-07:00

Rio Grande National Forest


An incredible 1.86 million acre Rio Grande National Forest remains one of the true undiscovered jewels of Colorado. The mighty Rio Grande River begins its 1800 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico right here in the San Juan Mountains. The Continental Divide runs for 236 miles along most of the western border of the [...]

Rio Grande National Forest2015-05-31T09:59:10-06:00

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge


The Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1962, is 12,026 acres of uplands, riparian corridors, wet meadows and river oxbows, is a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife, and provides food and safe habitat. The wetland and river habitats provide a wildlife oasis in this dry region. The A-NWR supports a variety of [...]

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge2019-10-01T18:54:24-06:00