Yampa River State Wildlife Area
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!
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
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Parking: Gravel parking area
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding