Pastorius Reservoir State Wildlife Area
This State Wildlife Area is, without question, one of the finest birding sites in the area. Almost any bird could show up here. In spring and fall, many species of ducks, geese, and shorebirds stop here, along with smaller numbers of gulls, terns, and ibis. The riparian woods and undergrowth on the north side of the water are a great place to look for common birds like Bullock’s Oriole and rare ones like Prothonotary Warbler. Birds are the main attraction here, but the marsh and pond support muskrats and several species of dragonfly and damselfly.
County: La Plata
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Pinyon/Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From Durango drive east on US 160 about 6 miles to CO 172 and turn right (south) toward the airport. After about two miles turn right (west) on CR 302. After about one mile turn right on CR 304, an unpaved road. Pastorius is on the right after less than 0.5 mile.
Delorme: 86 C3
Roads of Colorado: 146 C2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations.
Parking: Unpaved parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Durango
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car