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.
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
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.
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Handicapped Access: None
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