Ute Valley Park
The craggy bluffs of Ute Valley Park isolate this area from surrounding urban sprawl. The park contains good foothills scrub habitat, and breeding birds such as Plumbeous Vireo, Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee and others are well represented. Deer, rock squirrels, black bear and rattlesnakes also live in the park, although you will need luck to run into the latter two.
County: El Paso
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest
Directions: From I-25, take Exit 147, Rockrimmon Boulevard, 1.5 miles west to Vindicator Drive. Follow Vindicator west for 0.7 mile; shortly before the intersection with Centennial Boulevard, turn left into the small parking area.
Delorme: 62 A3
Roads of Colorado: 89 E4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations
Lodging: Hotel in Colorado Springs
Handicapped Access: Limited