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Dry Creek Basin State Wildlife Area
Description: This large State Wildlife Area is mostly made up of extensive sage flats. Look for species like Sage Sparrows and Sage Thrashers in the sage flats, and Black-throated Sparrow, Black-throated Gray Warbler, and Ash-throated Flycatchers in the pinyon-juniper forest. The numbers of deer in this area can be mind-boggling, and pronghorn are here too.
Habitat: Sagebrush, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon/Juniper Forest
Directions: From the intersection of CO 145 and CO 141, turn east on CR 141 and go four miles east of Naturita for 12 miles to Basin. Several side roads give access into the wildlife area. Try CR U29 (west), CR 29U (south), or CR 28T (south). The main highway, CO 141, bisects the wildlife area and has little traffic, therefore birding is possible from the road. Note: CR 31U is a good birding road that connects Dry Creek Basin State Wildlife Area with Miramonte Reservoir State Wildlife Area to the southeast.
Dates of Access: Any
Hours of Operation: Any
Delorme: 65 D4
Roads of Colorado: 113 D3-E3
Ownership: Colorado Division of Wildlife
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Restrictions or Hazards: Be careful on the dirt roads after rain or snow
Handicap Access: Limited
Attractions: Interpretive panels at Basin store.