· 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: (Note, this spot is not marked in either atlas) Traveling west on 318 you will cross the Little Snake River and crest a hill sporting a Nottingham Ranch sign to the south. The 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: Mar 1 - Aug 15
Ownership: State Trust Land Board
Admission: A valid hunting or fishing license is required for everyone 18 or older to access any State Wildlife Area or State Trust Land leased by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
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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