Coller State Wildlife Area
This State Wildlife Area follows the Rio Grande for several miles through willows teeming with Yellow Warblers. At the north end of the property, you will find the best riparian habitat, with mature cottonwoods and more willows; look here for House Wren, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Green-tailed Towhee, Warbling Vireo, Song Sparrow and the like. American Dippers nest under the bridge. In the open fields you may see coyotes hunting ground squirrels, especially early and late in the day.
Attractions: South Fork marks the beginning of the Silver Thread Colorado Scenic Byway
Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Stream, Streamside Willow, Lowland Riparian
Directions: Coller SWA stretches along CO 149 from 13.5 miles east of Creede to the Rio Grande/Mineral County line. From the town of South Fork, the property is about 5 miles north on CO 149. There are various parking lots for the SWA along CO 149. The bridge mentioned above is on the west side of the road two miles west of the Rio Grande County line.
Delorme: 78 C4
Roads of Colorado: 133 D2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations.
Parking: Unpaved parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Creede or South Fork
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car.