Riverside Farms

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Riverside Farms

Located outside of the town of Idalia near Bonny Reservoir, this farm and ranch offers rolling shortgrass prairie with sandsage, prairie-dog towns, and the south fork of the Republican River. The river flows year-round and is a draw for local and migrant birds. More than 250 bird species have been recorded in the area. Cardinals can be seen at the western extent of their range along with Eastern Bluebird; Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Marbled Godwit, Wilson’s Snipe, Great Blue Heron, and Osprey are just a few of the other birds you may encounter. Burrowing Owls are prevalent on the uplands along with Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, and Cassin’s Sparrow. Mule deer and pronghorn are also in the area. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience such rich diversity in a secluded, private setting with your own viewing blind. For more information contact Don, Myrna or Nathan Andrews (970) 354-7487 or northill@plainstel.com.

County: Kit Carson

Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Lowland Riparian

Directions: To inquire about access to this ranch and to get directions, please contact Don, Myrna or Nathan Andrews (970) 354-7487 or northill@plainstel.com a minimum of 48 hours in advance of your potential visit. Please remember that this is a working ranch as well as a private residence, and there may be times when the landowner cannot accommodate visits. While you are on the ranch, remember to stay on roads, leave gates as you find them (whether open or closed), and refrain from taking anything off the ranch or leaving trash behind.

Delorme: 102 B4
Roads of Colorado: 79 D2

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: 0
Ownership: Private
Admission: $10/person; map provided; guided tours available for additional charge

Restrictions: Call or email for reservations

Parking: Yes
Lodging: Bonny Reservoir, Prairie Vista motel in Idalia

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Arrangements can be made to be within viewing distance of wildlife

Latitude: 39.61806
Longitude: -102.15995

Contact Info:

Contact Don, Myrna or Nathan Andrews (970) 354-7487 or northill@plainstel.com.


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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