Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition Viewing Site
This private site has views of a hay meadow that is visited by Sandhill Cranes during migration, including during the Yampa Valley Crane Festival in early September. The Yampa River runs through the property with excellent waterfowl and shorebird habitat as well as a large stand of cottonwood trees. In addition to great birding opportunities, beaver and river otter are seen regularly in the area.
Attractions: Views of Bears Ears Mountains; Yampa River
Habitat: Riparian, Rural/Agricultural, Grassland, Feeders
Directions: From two miles east of Hayden on US Highway 40, turn north onto County Road 69. Turn north again on County Road 69A. Proceed a few hundred meters to end of road.
Delorme: 15 D7
Roads of Colorado: 36 B3
Dates of Access: Open all year; visit in spring and fall for Sandhill Crane viewing
Restrictions: Please view from platform near the parking site. Do not access surrounding properties.
Parking: Gravel parking area
Other Wildlife: Deer, elk, coyotes
Handicapped Access: Limited
Contact Nancy Merrill at 970-276-1932.