Mancos State Park
With its small lake surrounded by extensive ponderosa woodland, Mancos State Park is a great place to visit. While the lake itself isn’t the best birding location, the surrounding woodland abounds with Grace’s Warbler, Flammulated and Northern Saw-whet Owls, Red Crossbill, Band-tailed Pigeon, and other species typical of mid-elevation montane habitats. During the late summer and early fall keep an eye out for hummingbirds, four species are possible. Butterflies are quite diverse in the area as well, and specialties include Arizona Sister, Western Pine Elfin, and Great Spangled Fritillary.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest
Directions: From the town of Mancos, drive north 0.25 miles on Main Street (CO 184), then turn right (east) on CR 42. In about 4 miles, turn left (west) on CR N and follow it about 0.5 miles to the park entrance.
Delorme: 85 A6
Roads of Colorado: 137 F4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Park is open 24/7 year-'round.
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: State Parks Pass
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Fee camping
Handicapped Access: Handicap accessible restrooms and some viewing from car
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