Mount Ouray SWA

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A former fish hatchery, this state wildlife area includes several small ponds, a nice wetland area, and access to a stretch of the Arkansas River. It is a good place to look for sparrows, rails, wrens, and occasionally raptors including Bald Eagle.

County: Chaffee
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Stream

Directions: From Highway 291 north of Salida, turn west at the Mt. Shavano Hatchery sign (CR 154) and drive past the hatchery and Frantz Lake. Turn right on CR 160 approximately 1.5 miles. Mt. Ouray SWA is on your right. The driveway to the parking area comes up quickly. Watch for a wooden barn; the parking entrance is just beyond.

Delorme: 60 D2
Roads of Colorado: 102 C3

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Obey posted restrictions on access; be aware of hunters in season
Parking: Yes
Lodging: Hotel in Salida

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited

Elevation: 7125
Latitude: 38.55183
Longitude: -106.03437

URL: http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/StateWildlifeAreas/

Amenities

RestroomsNo
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
Camping
Picnic
Hunting
FishingYes