Beaver Creek SWA
This is a beautiful, primitive and remote State Wildlife Area. The Beaver Creek drainage is part of a proposed wilderness area on the south slope of Pikes Peak that includes high grasslands, pinyon-juniper woodlands, aspen groves and Ponderosa and mixed-conifer forests. Much of the SWA is a deep, remote canyon that can be accessed only by hiking; the CDOW owns the land on both sides of the creek from Skaguay SWA down to Beaver Creek SWA. Lower Beaver Creek flows through beautiful meadows with red rocks on the hillsides. Dippers can be found along the stream along with many middle- and high-elevation riparian species. Bighorn sheep can be found in the canyon as well, as can mule deer, elk, bear, coyote, red fox, and the very rarely seen mountain lion and ring-tailed cat. Beware poison ivy and rattlesnakes along the trails.
Attractions: Interpretive signs, trails
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Aspen Grove, Mountain Meadow
Directions: From Canon City, head east on US 50, then turn left (north) on CO 67, then right (east) onto CR 123 for a quarter of a mile. Turn left (north) onto CR 123 and follow it to its end.
Delorme: 62 D2
Roads of Colorado: 104 C2, 105 D3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: Obey CDOW rules and regulations. No overnight camping except backcountry camping
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotel in Canon City
Handicapped Access: Limited