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Tim Williams Ranch
Tim Williams’ Ranch in northwest Las Animas County specializes in open pinyon-juniper forest and rimrock. There’s lots of Rufous-crowned Sparrow habitat here, and maybe you could turn up a Gray Vireo or some other low-density pinyon-juniper breeder. A seasonal pond on the property (dry as of fall 2005) usually covers between 12 and 200 acres in non-drought years, and could be a haven for waterbird life when full. Look on the ranch for Greater Roadrunner, Scaled Quail, Burrowing Owl and maybe even Mountain Plover. At least one of the canyons has had nesting Golden Eagles in non-drought years. In addition to the bird potential, this ranch has some of the finest dinosaur tracks this author has ever seen. Access to the ranch costs $10 per person per day. Visitors are advised to avoid times of heavy work on the ranch (Memorial Day weekend, late August, and the first two weeks of October through about mid-November).
County: Las Animas
Attractions: Dinosaur tracks, historic ruins of a mail depot
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Pond, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: To inquire about access to this ranch and to get directions, please call Tim Williams at 719-738-6263 a minimum of 48 hours in advance of your potential visit. The fee for access is $10 per person per day. 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: 83 D6-D7
Roads of Colorado: 138 A3
Dates of Access: Open all year, contact owner prior to visit
Restrictions: Exercise caution when walking the ranch
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotel in Walsenburg
Handicapped Access: Limited
Contact Tim Williams at 719-738-6263.