Permit Applications for Elk Hunting in San Luis Valley

PROMO 660 x 440 Animal - Bull elk - USFWS
Published Friday, August 25, 2017
PROMO 660 x 440 Outdoors - Colorado Parks Wildlife Mountains Baca National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS
by Joe Lewandowski

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 montevista.wildlife@state.co.us. Your email must include all of the following information:

  • Name
  • CID
  • 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.