Las Animas State Fish Hatchery
The two ponds in this complex can be good shorebird locations when the water levels are appropriate. In season, waterbird potential is high as well. The ponds on either side of CR 5.5 a mile and a half south of the SFU can be excellent for grebes, egrets, rails and even American Bittern; watch for muskrats also.
Directions: From US 50 just north of the Arkansas River on the northeast side of Las Animas, head west on CO 194 about five miles to CR 5.5, then turn right (north) and proceed two miles to the property.
Delorme: 99 D4
Roads of Colorado: 124 C3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: 8 am to 3:30 pm
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: Obey CPW rules and regulations
Lodging: Hotel in Las Animas
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car