Bosque del Oso SWA
This huge state wildlife area is made up of pinyon-juniper woodland with some mixed-conifer on the north-facing slopes, and a few riparian groves along the Purgatoire River. Shrubland and oak habitats also abound. Look especially for the common Lewis’s Woodpeckers and Band-tailed Pigeons (summer) and for Wild Turkey. Raptors can include eagles, Northern Goshawk, Great Horned Owl, and possibly Northern Saw-whet and Western Screech-Owls. Bear and elk can also be seen here, as can mule deer, coyotes, and (rarely) bobcat or even mountain lion. Maps of the wildlife area are available at CDOW offices in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.
County: Las Animas
Attractions: Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lowland Riparian
Directions: The west entrance to this huge SWA heads south just east of the town of Zamora, 6 miles east of Stonewall. The east entrance heads south from the middle of the town of Weston, 9 miles east of Stonewall. Study the maps of the SWA that are on the green signs near the entrance carefully - getting around here can be confusing.
Delorme: 92 C2-D3
Roads of Colorado: 153 D3
Dates of Access: Open all year, restricted during elk season to hunters
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: See dates of access. No backpacking or backcountry camping; parking in designated areas only
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Tent camping
Handicapped Access: Poor