· Greater Prairie-Chicken
Sandy Bluffs State Wildlife Area & State Trust Land
A large and beautiful piece of state land north of Idalia, Sandy Bluffs overflows with sandsage, yucca slopes, and eroded outcrops. Watch for Rock Wren, raptors, and sparrows (Cassin’s, Lark and Vesper in the warmer months, White-crowned and possibly White-throated and Harris’ in the colder months). Coyotes, pronghorn, jackrabbits and even bobcats and porcupines may be found on the property. The land is bisected by the Arikaree River, and a good deal of the mature cottonwood forest along the river bottom is accessible on foot.
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Yucca, Lowland Riparian
Directions: Drive north from the town of Idalia on CR DD about eight miles to the property, which is on both sides of the Arikaree River. Obey posted limits on access.
Delorme: 102 A3
Roads of Colorado: 78 C1
Dates of Access: September 1 to May 31 (Closed in summer)
Hours: 4 am to 9 pm
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and 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: No Camping, campfires, dog training, and horses prohibited, except when hunting. Access restricted as posted
Lodging: Hotel in Idalia
Handicapped Access: Limited
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