Fish Creek State Wildlife Area
Set just off the beautiful Dolores River Valley, this small and remote SWA contains perhaps the best publicly accessible mid-elevation riparian patch in the county. Look for species such as Cedar Waxwing, Lazuli Bunting, Black-headed Grosbeak, and other birds that can be hard to find in the county. The ponderosa and scrub oak on the hillsides contain Grace’s Warbler. Deer, elk, and snowshoe hare can be seen on the property.
Habitat: riparian, aspen groves, ponderosa
Directions: From Rico, head north on CO 145 until you reach FR 535 (also called Dunton Road) for 12.5 miles to the junction with FR 726 and turn north. Follow this road for about a mile and a half to the property.
Delorme: 75 B7
Roads of Colorado: 129 F1
Dates of Access: Mostly summer
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: Camping prohibited except during big game season.
Parking: Unpaved parking lot
Lodging: Primitive camping only during big game hunting season
Handicapped Access: Limited viewing from car