Beaver Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Busy on weekends, this small, scenic mountain reservoir can attract waterfowl in spring and fall. The bigger attraction, however, is along the road and what’s beyond it. The road passes through a fascinating mixed-conifer forest which transitions gradually from the low-elevation woodlands dominated by juniper to high-elevation dominated by bristlecone pine and Engelmann Spruce. Along the way you may see Bushtits at lower elevations, Red-naped Sapsuckers, Western Tanagers, American Dippers, and many other birds. Herds of elk can be found in the area.
County: Rio Grande
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Ponderosa Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove, Stream, Streamside Willow, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow
Directions: Just over a mile west of the town of South Fork, turn south from US 160 and cross the bridge over the South Fork of the Rio Grande. Follow FR 360 (Beaver Creek Road).
Delorme: 79 D4, 89 A5
Roads of Colorado: 133 E3-E4
Dates of Access: Higher roads not maintained in winter; lake frozen
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife/US Forest Service
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations.
Parking: Roadside, or gravel parking areas
Lodging: USFS campgrounds or primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car.