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Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area
This huge state wildlife area is made up of pinyon-juniper woodland with some mixed-conifer on the north-facing slopes, and a few riparian groves along the Purgatoire River. Shrubland and oak habitats also abound. Look especially for the common Lewis’s Woodpeckers and Band-tailed Pigeons (summer) and for Wild Turkey. Raptors can include eagles, Northern Goshawk, Great Horned Owl, and possibly Northern Saw-whet and Western Screech-Owls. Bear and elk can also be seen here, as can mule deer, coyotes, and (rarely) bobcat or even mountain lion. Maps of the wildlife area are available at CDOW offices in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.
County: Las Animas
Attractions: Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lowland Riparian
Directions: The west entrance to this huge SWA heads south just east of the town of Zamora, 6 miles east of Stonewall. The east entrance heads south from the middle of the town of Weston, 9 miles east of Stonewall. Study the maps of the SWA that are on the green signs near the entrance carefully - getting around here can be confusing.
Delorme: 92 C2-D3
Roads of Colorado: 153 D3
Dates of Access: Open for public access May 1 to Nov 30, Big game and spring turkey hunters only from Dec. 1 to April 30
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: A valid hunting or fishing license is required for everyone 18 or older to access any State Wildlife Area or State Trust Land leased by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Restrictions: Camping and campfires in designated areas only. Discharging of firearms or bows prohibited, except while hunting.
Parking: Only in designated areas
Lodging: Camping, or hotels in Trinidad
Handicapped Access: Poor
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