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Tempel Ranch

This site, located about 20 minutes from the town of Lamar, has extensive tracts of shortgrass prairie, shoreline frontage on Neegronda reservoir, and a long stretch of tree-lined Fort Lyon canal. Possible sightings include include Least Tern, Piping Plover and Snowy Plover, as well as shortgrass specialties and a concentration of migrants along the canal in spring and fall. If you haven’t birded the trees along this canal, you should! They look like they belong in southeastern Kansas instead of southeastern Colorado, and recent records of Vermilion Flycatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush and Prothonotary Warbler demonstrate that the resemblance isn’t purely superficial!

County: Bent

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie

Directions: To inquire about access to this ranch and to get directions, please call 719-829-4424 a minimum of 48 hours in advance of your potential visit. Please remember that this is a working ranch as well as a private residence, and there may be times when the landowner cannot accommodate visits. While you are on the ranch, remember to stay on roads, leave gates as you find them (whether open or closed), and refrain from taking anything off the ranch or leaving trash behind.

Delorme: 99 C6
Roads of Colorado: 125 F1

Dates of Access: Open all year, contact owner prior to visit
Hours: 0
Ownership: Private
Admission: Donation

Restrictions: Private property; owner may restrict access

Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Cotton Hideaway RV Park (north side of Neegronda Reservoir), or hotel in Eads or Lamar

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Viewing along gravel road (no cars)

Latitude: 38.247955
Longitude: -102.760749 Contact Info:

Phone: 719-829-4424


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo