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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.

County: Fremont

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
Hours: 0
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Obey CDOW rules and regulations. No overnight camping except backcountry camping

Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotel in Canon City

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited

Elevation: 9000

Latitude: 38.56215
Longitude: -105.0184

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Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo