Parks and Wildlife now accepting permit applications for elk hunting in San Luis Valley National Refuge Complex

VALLEY — The San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex is home to three United States Fish and Wildlife national wildlife refuges: Alamosa, Baca, and Monte Vista.

In cooperation with the USFWS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has secured permitted access to these refuges, allowing hunters to access them during specific big game seasons for elk. The official application period and drawing have already occurred.

However, several seasons were undersubscribed or no applications were taken for permits at the three refuges. CPW will now accept applications for the following seasons on a first come, first served basis to fill these gaps: 

• Baca Refuge: 2nd and 3rd Rifle seasons

• Alamosa Refuge: Archery; Muzzleloader; 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Rifle seasons

• Monte Vista Refuge: Muzzleloader; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Rifle seasons

CPW will take up to ten applications for each season, depending on the number of slots that are already filled. The first five applicants will be given a permit. The next five hunters will be on a waiting list and contacted as slots become available. An application does not guarantee a permit will be given. Hunting opportunities for those on the waiting list may not be realized, so please be aware of this before applying.  

Interested parties should send an email to [email protected]. Your email must include all of the following information:

• Name


• Contact phone number

• License hunt code

• Refuge wanted  

Please remember that this is a permit, NOT a license. You must already hold a valid license for the Unit of your preferred refuge location.

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

Caption: CPW is accepting applications for permits to access USFWS wildlife refuges in the SLV. Courtesy photo