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Aliases: Rainbow Gulch Trail
Description: This mountain reservoir is the largest in El Paso County. The reservoir itself may not be great for birds, but the forest surrounding it is excellent, and most of the mountain specialties, including American Three-toed Woodpecker, can be found. The Rainbow Gulch Trail is especially good birding. Keep an eye out in the area for pine squirrels, chipmunks and porcupines.
Habitat: Reservoir; Mixed-Conifer Forest
Directions: From I-25, take Exit 141, Cimarron Street (Rt. 24), west about 18 miles to the city of Woodland Park. Turn right on Baldwin Street, which becomes Rampart Range Road and heads 2.9 miles to Loy Creek Road. Turn right on Loy Creek; drives 1.5 miles, then turn right on Rampart Range Road (FR 300). Drive 2.4 miles to the parking area. You will have to walk approximately 1.2 miles on the Rainbow Gulch Trail to reach the reservoir. The path around the reservoir is 11 miles long with heavy mountain bike traffic.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours of Operation:
Delorme: 62 A3
Roads of Colorado: 89 D4
Lodging: Tent camping
Parking: Gravel parking area
Restrictions or Hazards: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Handicap Access: Limited