Gunnison Sage-Grouse lek
Aliases: Waunita Hot Springs lek
The Gunnison Sage-Grouse is Colorado’s closest claim to an endemic species and the only new bird species discovered in the U.S. in many years. If you want to see this rare and local species during the mating season, chances are you will need to come here. Mating takes place from early April through early May. Due to a precipitous decline in numbers at the lek here, there are strict rules on viewing the birds: arrive before dawn, and wait until the birds finish their mating ritual before leaving; don’t leave your car, and don’t make any unnecessary movements and noises. The continued survival of the birds at this lek depends on your cooperation. The Lek has moved further from the road and a spotting scope will be needed to see the birds. A blind installed by the Sisk-a-dee organization can be reserved; check their website at www.siskadee.org, or click the link below.
Attractions: Waunita hot springs are just up the road
Directions: The public viewing lek is on CR 887 (Waunita Hot Springs Road) off US 50, about 19 miles east of Gunnison. This lek is located in a private field, but can be viewed to the east of the county road about 0.6 miles north Highway 50.
Delorme: 69 A5
Roads of Colorado: 101 E4
Dates of Access: Lekking season
Admission: No Fee, please respect private property.
Restrictions: See site description
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car