· Grand Mesa

Jerry Creek Reservoirs

These two medium-sized reservoirs have some of the best waterbirding in the area, and are worth the short walk it takes to scan them. They are best in the late fall and early winter, when a wide variety of birds can be found. Of particular note is a fairly decent chance at seeing Barrow’s Goldeneye and semi-regular Long-tailed Ducks. Less common birds such as loons and grebes also show up here. You can almost always find a Bald Eagle in the fall and spring.

County: Mesa

Habitat: Reservoir

Directions: From the recession of Colorado Highway 65 and 330 just north of the town of Mesa, go east on 330 1 mile, cross the bridge over Plateau Creek, and turn left into a small parking lot (restroom here). Park and hike up the trail a quarter-mile to the reservoir.

Delorme: 44 C1
Roads of Colorado: 82 B2

Dates of Access: Open all year, daylight hours
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None

Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: None

Elevation: 5320

Latitude: 39.19065
Longitude: -108.10857


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo