Rio Grande Nature Trail

photo: River Oxbow along the Rio Grande Nature Trail . Photo by Brian DeVries.

Type: Greenway
Length: 1.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, off Interstate 160 6 miles east of Alamosa.
State(s): Colorado
Counties: Alamosa
Latitude: 37.43842
: -105.8026

In northwest corner of Alamosa NWR


The Rio Grande Nature Trail is located approximately 6 miles from Alamosa on the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge. The trail follows the scenic views along the Rio Grande. The trail is 1.8 miles of compacted soils and grasses that leads you through a small riparian area. It is a nice peaceful walk for enjoying a variety of wildlife. Visitors may see songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, porcupines, coyotes, mule deer, and elk, just to name a few species.

One of the spectacular views one will see along the trail is Mt. Blanca. Mt. Blanca is one of Colorado's Fourteeners and is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The trail is maintained by the Refuge staff and is used by a variety of visitors, from school children on field trips to adventurous people enjoying what nature has to offer them.

Additional Details

Width: 84 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Maximum Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 7,520
Elevation High Point: 7,522
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Brian DeVries
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US Fish and Wildlife Service
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa , CO 81101
(719) 589-4021



River Oxbow along the Rio Grande Nature Trail. Photo by Brian DeVries.

River Oxbow along the Rio Grande Nature Trail. Photo by Brian DeVries.


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