Yampa River State Wildlife Area

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The riparian habitat along the Yampa River is perhaps the best in western Colorado, and this state wildlife area not far west of Steamboat is one of the better places to access it. Good trails allows thorough access; look for species such as Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Yellow Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, Yellow-breasted Chat, and others. Fields in the park often play host to Sandhill Cranes, and who knows what migration might bring!

County: Routt
Habitat: Stream, Lowland Riparian, Pond/Lake/Reservoir

Directions: From Hayden go 6 miles west on US 40. Look for the parking area on the left (south) side of the road opposite a seasonal rest area. Also continue half a mile west to a roadside pull-out on US40 to view a heronry & cottonwood/riparian habitat.

Delorme: 25 A6, 15 D6
Roads of Colorado: 36 A3

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Any
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding

Elevation: 6240
Latitude: 40.50720015
Longitude: -107.3799929

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
Camping
Picnic
HuntingNo
FishingNo