· Black Canyon
McCabe’s Lane Wetlands
These mitigation ponds can provide excellent birding, especially in spring and fall, when many species of ducks and other waterbirds come through. This is one of the most reliable places on Colorado’s West Slope to find Snowy Egrets in migration. In the warmer months, several species of swallows skim over the water for flying insects. The ponds here are also host to many species of dragonfly, and muskrats are frequently seen. The short access road is made of ungraveled dirt, so beware of driving on it after rain or snow.
Habitat: Stream, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: From Gunnison, head west on US 50 to mile post 153 (4.5miles). Turn left (south) and cross the bridge onto 32 Road. Park under trees by McCabe Wetlands sign. Walk the north side of the ponds, the road into the plant, and the south side of the property.
Delorme: 58 D1
Roads of Colorado: 100 C3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: Beware driving in when ground is wet
Parking: Dirt parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Gunnison
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car