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Trujillo Meadows State Wildlife Area

A stone’s throw from New Mexico, this terrific area is not to be missed. The large wet meadow adjacent to CO 17 near Cumbres Pass can be good for willow specialists such as Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows and Wilson’s Warblers. Pine Grosbeaks permeate the surrounding trees. The spruce-fir forest along the road to the lake is good for this and other high mountain specialties. The lake itself has had diving ducks including: Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck and Common Merganser. There is a high density of elk, including some truly enormous specimens, in this area. Butterfly species that can be found nearby include Mountain Checkered-Skipper and Scudder’s Sulphur.

County: Conejos

Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow, Reservoir

Directions: From Antonito, travel 35 miles on CO 17 to Cumbres Pass and turn right (north) onto FR 118. Follow two miles to the reservoir boat ramp, the best place to scan the lake.

Delorme: 89 D6
Roads of Colorado: 149 E3

Dates of Access: Roads snowed in during the winter
Hours: Any
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife/US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None

Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Fee camping and primitive camping

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car

Latitude: 37.051966
Longitude: -106.457112

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