· Browns Park
Oxbow State Trust Land
The northwestern corner of Colorado isn’t really known for abundant water, so any moisture in the dry sage flats and pinyon-juniper tend to be magnets for wildlife. Oxbow Wildlife Area is no exception, especially during the fall, when it is the best location on this trail for shorebirds. In addition to mudflats present when water levels are low, there is a good marsh with Yellow-headed Blackbird, rails, and dabbling ducks. After the spring lekking season, keep an eye out for Greater Sage-Grouse coming to the oxbow to take a drink. The sage flats you walk through to get to the oxbow are full of Sage Sparrow and Sage Thrashers, as well as Brewer’s and Lark Sparrows.
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Sagebrush, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: From Maybell, travel 17 miles northwest on CO 318 to the parking area, on the left. You will cross the Little Snake River and parking lot is located about a mile further at about mile marker 44.5. Look sharp because the parking lot is becoming overgrown with weeds and is increasingly difficult to recognize.
Delorme: 13 D6
Roads of Colorado: 34 A2
Dates of Access: Aug 15 - the end of Feb (Also see Restrictions below for watchable wildlife activities)
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: State Trust Land Board
Admission: Beginning May 1, 2021, a valid Hunting license, Fishing license, OR State Wildlife Area Pass is required for everyone 16 or older accessing any State Wildlife Area or State Trust Land.
Restrictions: Mar 1 to Aug 15, watchable wildlife activities allowed only above natural bluff 75 yards from the water on the North edge of the property.
Parking: Gravel parking area
Handicapped Access: None
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CPW Area Office in Craig: 970-824-3046.