Trujillo Meadows State Wildlife Area
A stone’s throw from New Mexico, this terrific area is not to be missed. The large wet meadow adjacent to CO 17 near Cumbres Pass can be good for willow specialists such as Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows and Wilson’s Warblers. Pine Grosbeaks permeate the surrounding trees. The spruce-fir forest along the road to the lake is good for this and other high mountain specialties. The lake itself has had diving ducks including: Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck and Common Merganser. There is a high density of elk, including some truly enormous specimens, in this area. Butterfly species that can be found nearby include Mountain Checkered-Skipper and Scudder’s Sulphur.
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow, Reservoir
Directions: From Antonito, travel 35 miles on CO 17 to Cumbres Pass and turn right (north) onto FR 118. Follow two miles to the reservoir boat ramp, the best place to scan the lake.
Delorme: 89 D6
Roads of Colorado: 149 E3
Dates of Access: Roads snowed in during the winter
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and US Forest Service
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. Check with the US Forest Service about camping fees.
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: US Forest Service fee camping, primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car
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