Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain Open Space
Rabbit Mountain is a low hill covered with dry scrubby vegetation that looks more typical of Southwest Colorado than the Front Range. This unique habitat makes it one of the best places in the area to find species of dry, open country such as Bushtit, Common Poorwill, and, if you are lucky, Pinyon Jay. Be on the lookout for Say’s Phoebe and Rock Wren breeding near the parking lot. This is also a great place to see Elk, as well as find lizards and snakes in summer, including rattlesnakes, so be alert when hiking.
Directions: From I-25: exit Highway 66 and go west toward Lyons to 53rd Street. Head north on 53rd; the road will curve northeast and change to Vestal Road. The road will curve north again and change to 55th Street. Continue north on 55th Street for approximately 3 miles to the parking lot for Rabbit Mountain.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Longmont
Handicapped Access: Limited viewing from the parking lot