Platoro Reservoir

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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.

County: Conejos
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
Hours: Any
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Mostly roadside
Lodging: Cabins and lodges in town of Platoro. Camping.

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car

Latitude: 37.3402679
Longitude: -106.565773

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionYes
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopYes
PrimitiveYes
Camping
Picnic
HuntingYes
FishingYes