Coalbed Canyon State Wildlife Area

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Coalbed Canyon State Wildlife Area

One of the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s newest acquisitions, this SWA on the Utah border is mostly made up of a pinyon-juniper filled canyon surrounded by sage flats. A hike into the small canyon should produce Gray Vireo, Gray Flycatcher, Juniper Titmouse, and Black-throated Gray Warbler, while the sage filled areas contain Sage Thrasher, Sage and Vesper Sparrows, and various species of hawks. Also keep an eye out for butterflies, including some species that have restricted ranges in Colorado such as Desert Elfin, Desert Marble, and Southwestern Orangetip.

County: Dolores

Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Sagebrush

Directions: From Dove Creek, head west on US 491 two miles and turn left on CR 6. After half a mile, turn right on CR J. Follow J for just under 6 miles to the State Wildlife Area pull outs on the right, which are somewhat inconspicuous. Area is marked with State Land signs. If you reach the Utah border, you have gone about half a mile too far.

Delorme: 74 C1
Roads of Colorado: 136 A1

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Any
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: A valid hunting or fishing license OR SWA pass is required for everyone 16 or older accessing any state wildlife area.

Restrictions: None

Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: None

Latitude: 37.7546122
Longitude: -109.0237146

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Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
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