Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area

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This small SWA right off of I-70 is often worth a quick stop. The ponds are shallow but good for dabbling ducks; Osprey can sometimes be seen in the area during the summer, and Bald Eagle at other times of year. Large cottonwoods along the Eagle River are worth checking out for migrants and breeding species such as Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Western Kingbird, and others. Muskrats are often seen cruising the ponds.

County: Eagle
Habitat: Pond

Directions: Located just off I-70 at the town of Gypsum. While heading west on I-70, take the Gypsum exit, cross back over the interstate, go around the roundabout and head back east on the frontage road that parallels I-70. Go to the end of the road to a parking lot and follow the trail that leads around the lake.

Delorme: 36 C2
Roads of Colorado: 68 C2

Dates of Access: Open all year, daylight hours
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding

Elevation: 6330
Latitude: 39.65042
Longitude: -106.9325

Amenities

RestroomsNo
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveYes
Camping
Picnic
HuntingNo
FishingNo