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Rito Hondo State Wildlife Area and Continental Reservoir
Aliases: Continental Reservoir
Description: Rito Hondo State Wildlife Area contains a small lake, that can be covered with diving ducks in spring and fall. To the west is Continental Reservoir, a larger body of water that can also host waterfowl. The birding isn't as good at Continental Reservoir, but the scenery is better. Along the entrance road between the lakes, look for golden-mantled ground-squirrel and yellow-bellied marmot. Rito Hondo has restrooms and a basic campground.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Sagebrush
Directions: From Lake City, go south on CO 149 for 23.5 miles to the intersection CR 11 (6.5 miles north of the Mineral/Hinsdale county line), and go NW on FR 513 bearing right at the fork, for three miles to Rito Hondo Reservoir. Bearing left at the fork will take you to Continental Reservoir, 5 miles from CO 149.
Dates of Access: Any
Hours of Operation: Any
Delorme: 78 A1-B1
Roads of Colorado: 116 A4-B4
Ownership: Colorado Division of Wildlife
Lodging: Primitive camping
Parking: Unpaved parking area
Restrictions or Hazards: Please abide by all rules and regulations.
Handicap Access: Rito Hondo can be viewed from a car.
URL: Rito Hondo State Wildlife Area and Continental Reservoir Website