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
Parking: Gravel and paved parking areas, roadside
Handicapped Access: Some wheel-chair accessible trails