Mount Ouray SWA
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.
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
Restrictions: Obey posted restrictions on access; be aware of hunters in season
Lodging: Hotel in Salida
Handicapped Access: Limited