La Jara Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Depending on the water level at this remote reservoir, you could see a large variety of waterbirds, or nearly nothing. When there is water, check for a good mix of dabblers and divers, and possibly shorebirds during migration. If the reservoir is dry, the consolation prize is the habitat along the entrance road, where you could find Pinyon Jay, Gray Flycatcher, Bushtit, and Black-throated Gray Warbler in the pinyon-juniper habitat and Pygmy Nuthatch, Red Crossbill, sapsuckers, and others in the mixed ponderosa/aspen forest.
Habitat: Reservoir, Aspen Grove, Sagebrush
Directions: From the junction of US 285 and CO 15, about 13 miles south of Alamosa, turn right (west) onto CO 15 and travel for 10.5 miles. Turn left onto FR 255. La Jara Reservoir is reached by going .5 miles from the intersection of FR 255 and CO 15 and taking a left onto FR 240 (there is a sign to La Jara Reservoir at the intersection). Follow FR 240 for 12 miles to FR 259 and take a left. Follow FR 259 for one mile to the reservoir dam. This is good place to scan the south end of the reservoir. FR 259 borders the eastern edge of the reservoir and provides further vantage points.
Delorme: 89 B7
Roads of Colorado: 150 A2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife/BLM
Restrictions: Road may be snowed in during the winter months
Parking: Gravel parking area/roadside
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car