Rio Grande Natural Area
Rio Grande Natural AreaRio Grande Natural Area

The Rio Grande Natural Area (RGNA) was established on October 12, 2006 to conserve, restore, and protect the natural, historic, cultural, scientific, scenic, wildlife, and recreational resources of the 33-mile stretch of the Rio Grande between the southern end of the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Colorado-New Mexico state border. 


Rio Grande Natural Area Act - This is the legislation that created the Rio Grande Natural Area.


Rio Grande Natural Area CommissionRio Grande Natural Area Picture

The Rio Grande Natural Area Act also established a 9-member Commission to advise the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the Natural Area and to develop a management plan for the non-Federal land within the Natural Area. The RGNA Commission is a BLM Resource Advisory Council (RAC). 

Federal Register NoticeThis is the notice for the creation of the commission. 

***RGNA Commission Draft Management Plan***
             Executive Summary

 Press Release: RGNA Commission hosts public meetings

Public Meeting Dates and Locations:

May 12 – 6 pm. San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District Office, 623 Fourth Street, Alamosa, CO 81101
May 13 – 6 pm. Costilla County Public Health Agency, 233 Main Street, Suite C, San Luis, CO 81152.
May 14 – 6 pm. Antonito Senior Center, 701 Main Street, Antonito, CO 81120.

Important Links

Picture of Rio Grande Natural Area from Lobato Bridge