Although you are not likely to see many birds on Platoro Reservoir itself, the surrounding forest can be good for high-elevation species. The best spruce-fir woodland in the area is along FR 380 north of the reservoir; Boreal Owl occurs in the area. Day or night, you might have to wait for herds of elk to cross the road in front of you from one meadow to the next. Although Platoro Reservoir itself has no facilities, there are several lodges with cabins, restaurants, and general stores nearby.
Habitat: Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow
Directions: From Antonito, travel 22.5 miles west on State Route 17 to FR 250. Take a right onto FR 250 and follow it for 24 miles to FR 247. Go left onto FR 247. A smaller lake is .4 miles along FR 247, and the actual reservoir starts at .6 miles from FR 250.
Delorme: 89 B5
Roads of Colorado: 149 E1
Dates of Access: Roads not maintained in winter
Ownership: US Forest Service
Parking: Mostly roadside
Lodging: Cabins and lodges in town of Platoro. Camping.
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car