Brush Hollow State Wildlife Area and Reservoir
Brush Hollow State Wildlife Area is centered on Brush Hollow Reservoir, which is very popular with boaters and fishermen in summer, but provides good birding at other times of year. Check the water for waterfowl and the edges in spring and fall for shorebirds. In the pinyon-juniper forests on the west side of the lake, look for Bushtit, Juniper Titmouse, and Pinyon Jay, among other specialties. The riparian area below the dam is excellent for birding year-round. Mammals in the area include pronghorn, prairie-dogs, mule deer, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, rock squirrels and chipmunks. There are a few miles of loosely defined trail around the reservoir and connections to a larger network of trails used by bikers and OHVs. Do keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, and be aware that mud can impede vehicle access to some areas.
Attractions: Picnic and shade shelters
Habitat: Reservoir, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Cholla
Directions: Take C-115 north of US-50 to the north side of Penrose, and head west on 3rd St. for a little under 2 miles to CR F42, on your right. Head north on CR F42 for a little under a mile to the reservoir.
Delorme: 72 A2
Roads of Colorado: 104 C4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: A valid hunting or fishing license, or State Wildlife Area pass is required for everyone 16 or older accessing any state wildlife area or state trust lands.
Restrictions: Obey CPW rules and regulations; be aware of hunters in season. No fires
Lodging: Hotel in Penrose or Florence
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car
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