San Miguel River South Fork Preserve
Aliases: South Fork Preserve
One of three Nature Conservancy preserves along the San Miguel River, this pretty little patch of 67 acres is an excellent example of mid-elevation riparian habitat, featuring narrowleaf cottonwood, blue spruce and black twinberry. The 180-foot boardwalk with interpretive signage and the half-mile gravel trail make this one of the most handicapped-accessible birding sites in the area. Durring summer all along this road lsiten for breeding Swainson’s Thrush and Fox Sparrow, among many other birds.
County: San Miguel
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Stream, Aspen Grove
Directions: From Telluride, head north on CO 145 approximately 2.5 miles past the turnoff to Rico, and turn left onto Illium Valley Road (FR 625). The preserve is approximately five miles from the highway along this road.
Delorme: 76 A2
Roads of Colorado: 114 C4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Nature Conservancy
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotel in Telluride
Handicapped Access: Wheel-chair accessible boardwalk