· Lizard Head


Telluride is a picturesque historic mining and ski town, home to well-known film and bluegrass festivals, and it is also a great town for wildlife watching. There is an extensive trail system along the river which leads through cottonwoods, willows, and wet meadows, where you can see bluebirds, Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows, and sapsuckers. A highlight of the area is the several waterfalls that plunge into the valley just east of town. Bridal Veil Falls, the tallest waterfall in Colorado, has a colony of Black Swifts, which can sometimes be seen high overhead in the evening. High flocks of White-throated Swifts carouse over town as well, which can make picking out the larger Black Swifts a bit of a challenge.

County: San Miguel

Habitat: Cliff Face, Streamside Willow, Spruce-Fir Forest

Directions: Drive through Telluride for three miles to the Bridal Veil Falls overlook. Good birding can be found by hiking the trails or roads along the east of Telluride.

Delorme: 76 A3
Roads of Colorado: 115 D4

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Any
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None

Parking: Gravel and paved parking areas, roadside
Lodging: Hotels

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Some wheel-chair accessible trails

Latitude: 37.9374939
Longitude: -107.8122852


Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsYes
Visitor CenterYes
Gift ShopYes