! STATE WILDLIFE AREA (SWA) ALERT !
From Monte Vista, go three miles east on Sherman Avenue.
Approx. 7,600 above sea level
a. Fires are prohibited.
b. Camping is prohibited, except in parking areas with self-contained camp trailers or campers.
c. The Area Wildlife Manager (719.587.6900) may post area-specific closures to manage waterfowl hunting pressure during established waterfowl seasons, to protect maintenance and construction equipment, and to protect human health and safety.
d. Bowfishing is prohibited.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds visitors to check current hunting, fishing and land use regulations when planning to visit a State Wildlife Area. Refer to the Recreational Lands Brochure
, as well as the Fishing and Hunting Regulation Brochures
located on the Regulations Brochures
page. State Wildlife Area visitors can also find rules and regulations information in Chapter 9 Regulations
To pay tribute to two former community leaders who advocated for land and water conservation in the San Luis Valley, a portion of the Rio Grande SWA was named in their honor. Doug Shriver and Ray Wright were SLV native sons, farmers, conservationists and sportsmen who died together in an unfortunate accident in 2010. The Shriver-Wright SWA is just west of the Rio Grande SWA near Monte Vista.
Area CPW Office: Monte Vista, (719) 587-6900.