· Canyon of the Ancients
This small, cattail-filled lake is excellent for many breeding and migrating duck species, as well as Yellow-headed Blackbird, rails, and migrant shorebirds. The nearby meadows play host to bluebirds galore, and the aspen and pine woodlands that surround them should be checked for birds like Cassin’s Finch, Flammulated and Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Pygmy Nuthatch. This whole area is filled with elk and deer, and you never know when you might stumble onto a badger.
Habitat: Lake, Marsh, Mountain Meadow, Ponderosa Forest
Directions: From Lone Dome SWA, continue east across river and begin to climb. One half mile from the bridge turn left onto FR 521/Rd R (just past the turn for FR 504). About nine miles from this intersection, where FR 521/Rd R and FR 520/CR 22 meet, is the reservoir.
Delorme: 74 C3
Roads of Colorado: 129 D2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Roads may be snowed in during the winter
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car
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