Birding Spots of Colorado

(alphabetical)

MacFarlane Reservoir

From the intersection of Hwy 14 & Hwy 125 south of Walden,
Travel approximately 16.5 miles on Hwy 125 to Jackson County Road 28.
Drive west on CR 28 for 2.4 miles to a right turn onto a dirt road.
Travel North and follow the signs for approx. 4.0 miles to reservoir.
DeLorme 17:D7
Roads of Colorado 46:B3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 47:G7
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Madden Peak Road (La Plata County Road 316)

From Hwy 160 & Hwy 550 in downtown Durango,
Travel approx. 24.0 miles West on Hwy 160 to Madden Peak Road (CR 316).
Drive North on CR 316 for 6-7 miles and look for Forest Road Gate.

To search for Purple Martins:
Hike down Forest Road for 0.25 miles.
If not there, continue down road.
DeLorme 85:B7
Roads of Colorado 154:A1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 121:C10
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Magpie Meander Natural Area

From Interstate 25, take East Mulberry Street (Hwy 14), Exit 269.
Travel approx. 4.2 miles West on E. Mulberry Street to South College Avenue (Hwy 287).
Drive North approx. 1.5 miles on S. College Avenue to Hickory Street.
Travel approx. 0.5 miles West on Hickory Street to parking area.
5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Park at Soft Gold Park (520 Hickory Street), or
there is trail access from McMurry Natural Area and the Poudre Trail
DeLorme 20:D2
Roads of Colorado 48:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 49:F8

Mahood Reservoir

From Interstate 25, take Exit 269, Highway 14.
Travel East 5.8 miles on Hwy 14 to 19 Road.
Drive South 0.5 miles on 19 Road to reservoir.
DeLorme 20:D3
Roads of Colorado 49:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 49:G10
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East Reservoir & Main Reservoir

From C470 & Highway 285 (West side of Denver),
Travel East on Hwy 285 4.0 miles to South Kipling Parkway.
Drive North 2.8 miles on S. Kipling Parkway to West Florida Avenue.
Travel East 0.1 miles on W. Florida Avenue to Arkansas Drive.
Take Arkansas Drive 0.2 miles North to East Reservoir.

Main Reservoir is reached by continuing North on S. Kipling Parkway.
DeLorme 40:C1
Roads of Colorado 80:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:D8
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Mallard Pond

From Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs, take Woodmen Road (Exit 149).
Travel approximately 5.0 miles East on Woodmen Road to North Powers Blvd.
Drive approx. 6.2 miles South on N. Powers Blvd to Highway 24.
Travel East on Hwy 24 approx. 10.4 miles to Blue Gill Drive.
Drive East and North approx. 1.2 miles on Blue Gill Drive to Mallard Drive.
Travel South approx. 0.7 miles on Mallard Drive to Mallard Pond.
DeLorme 63:A6
Roads of Colorado 97:F4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 90:E2

Manchester Lake

From Interstate 70, take Exit 143 for Blackhawk (Central City Way).
In approx. 11.2 miles At Blackhawk, travel north 14.2 miles on Highway 119 to Lake.
(Lake just south of Boulder County Line).
DeLorme 39:A7
Roads of Colorado 64:A4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:H4
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Mancos River Trading Post

From Highway 160 & Hwy 666 in Cortez;
Drive approximately 20.0 miles south on Hwy 666 to Trading Post.
DeLorme 84:D3
Roads of Colorado 152:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 120:G5
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Manitou Experimental Forest

Travel Highway 67 north from Woodland Park or south from Deckers
Approximately 1 mile north of Manitou Lake,
turn East on Forest Road 79 (sign Manitou Experimental Forest Headquarters) (set odometer to zero)
Almost immediately you cross a creek; within 0.2 miles turn right at second dirt road to right (FR 346)
Drive past old WPA Headquarters building (just south of it).
Drive up this narrow, but drivable dirt road for about 1 mile from hwy 67
Just before a fence, a road (Jimeson View Road) branches to left; park here.
There is a section line fence running north and south.
Hike (climb South) up a steep hillside parallel to this fence.
Depending upon rate of accent, it takes five minutes to reach top of ridge.
Approximately 50 yards west of fence, you will find first set of banding nets (site 1a)
Continue south down a shallow ravine about 100 yards, and back up again to second set of nets (site 1b)
DeLorme 50:D2
Roads of Colorado 96:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 89:C8
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Manitou Lake (fee area)

From Woodland Park (18 miles West of Colorado Springs on Highway 24)
Take highway 67 North to Manitou Lake (approximately 9 miles) Fee Area

To Search for possible WINTER WREN 8/17/2013:
First Road South of Manitou Lake, drive west on Painted Rocks Road.
(39.08299 -105.10412) Brian Davis

The park requires a $6/car day pass to get in. The current lady (?name?)
which is hosting the park is aware of the bird and that others will be
coming to view it. It is supposed to be open from dawn to dusk; but they
often open late and close early, catering to fishermen. If closed,
it *is* usually ok to park outside along Hwy 67 and walk in, in order
to bird. While the park is open, if you attempt to park outside the
fee area and walk in – in order avoid the fee, expect to be asked to leave."
MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/3dLMJ
DeLorme 50:D2
Roads of Colorado 96:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 89:C8
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Maria Reservoir

From Interstate 25, take Walsenburg Exit 52,
Continue on Exit ramp approximately 2.4 miles to Highway 10,
Drive East on Hwy 10 for approximately 6.0 miles.
Park at Cemetery near the Southeast corner of Lake Maria.
DeLorme 83:C5
Roads of Colorado 145:F2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 115:F12
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Maroon Lake & Carter Lake

From Highway 82 in Aspen
Take Maroon Creek Road south to parking area.

Black Swift 6/21/2015: 39.070789,-106.988972

Carter Lake is about 1.5 miles South of parking area.
DeLorme 46:D2
Roads of Colorado 92:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 85:C11
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Marston Reservoir and 4400 Bowmar Drive

NORTHEAST SIDE: From Intersection of Quincy and Sheridan Blvd
(Which is 1.0 mile south of Hampden Blvd [highway 285] and Sheridan Blvd)
Travel south into neighborhood. At fork (circle) turn right (west) on Sunset.
Bowmar Drive is 0.5 miles south and west of Quincy and Sheridan Blvd.
Turn Right from Sunset onto Bowmar Drive to 4400 and Tina Jones house.
marston Reservoir can be observed just left of Sunset and Bowmar Drive.

SOUTHWEST CORNER: From Interstate 470 and Wadsworth Blvd, Go North 5.0 miles
Turn right (East) on W. Belleview Avenue for 0.1 miles,
Then North on Balsam Street for 0.1 miles,
Then West Grand for 0.4 miles,
North on S. Wadsworth Blvd for less than 0.1 miles.
Then East and South on W. Layton Way for 0.3 miles
(circle at south end of W. Layton Way)

NORTHWEST CORNER: From Interstate 470 and Wadsworth Blvd, Go North 5.0 miles
Turn right (East) on W. Belleview Avenue for 0.1 miles,
Then North on Balsam Street for 0.1 miles,
Then West Grand for 0.4 miles,
North on S. Wadsworth Blvd for 0.2 miles.
Then East On South Upham Court
There is a small open space at this corner; scope lake from here.

SOUTH SIDE: From Interstate 470 and Wadsworth Blvd, Go North 5.0 miles
Turn right (East) on W. Belleview Avenue,
Drive approx. 1.7 miles East and South on W. Belleview Avenue (turns into W. Grant Ranch Road) to South Jay Circle.
Then approx. 0.3 miles North on S. Jay Circle to small park (near S. Ingalis Street).
Scope Lake from here.

Southwest of Marston is Bowles Reservoir #1 (also viewed from W. Grand)

From Marston Reservoir, take West Quincy Avenue, west to Harriman Reservoir.
DeLorme 40:C2
Roads of Colorado 80:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:D8
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Matthew Reeser Bird Sanctuary

Lake Estes is located at intersection of Highways 36 and 34 in Estes Park
Park in Power Plant or Chamber of Commence parking area
Walk around East side of Lake Estes

Matthews-Reeser Bird Sanctuary: Located on south side of Lake Estes.
DeLorme 29:A6
Roads of Colorado 48:A4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:B4
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Mason Gulch

From Hwy 67 & Hwy 96 in Wetmore,
Travel 1.7 miles South on Hwy 96 to Greenwood Road (CR 389).
Continue 0.9 miles South on CR 389 to Greenwood and Forest Road 388.
Mason Gulch can be reached from FR 389.
DeLorme 72:C2
Roads of Colorado 128:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 101:G8
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Matheson

From Limon, drive 16.2 miles West on Highway 24 to town of Matteson
(Matteson is 50 miles East of Hwys 24 & 83; Colorado Springs)
From Main Street (also called Road 149) drive North)
At 3/4 mile North of Matteson, you come to large riparian area
(Big Sandy Creek) Songbirds were in this area; Respect private land.
DeLorme 96:D2
Roads of Colorado 99:D2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 91:B9
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Matthews-Reeser Bird Sanctuary

From Interstate 25, the quickest route to Estes Park is Exit 243.
Drive West through Longmont to Lyons.
At Lyons take Highway 36 to Estes Park.
(Quickest route because of wide road for passing slower cars).

In Estes Park, there is a parking area for the Bird Sanctuary just
North of the intersection of Highway 34 & 36.
Bird Sanctuary is along the bike path going East.
DeLorme 96:D2
Roads of Colorado 48:A4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:B3
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Matthews-Winter Open Space

From Interstate 70, take Highway 26/40 Exit 259.
Drive South on Hwy 26 to Open Space Parking Area just south of I70.
DeLorme 40:C1
Roads of Colorado 80:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:C7
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Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

From Interstate 25 at Colorado & New Mexico Border (94 miles south of Pueblo)
Drive 34.0 miles to the Maxwell, NM Exit (Exit 426).
Take Old Highway 85 west and north to road 505.
Drive West on Road 505 to Entrance to Maxwell NWR.
Follow Signs to Lake #13.
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Mayham Lake

From Interstate 70 take Sheridan Exit 270 (From I76, Exit1B)
Drive North on Sheridan Blvd for 2.5 miles to lake.
DeLorme 40:B2
Roads of Colorado 80:C1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:B9
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Majestic View Park

From Interstate 70, take the Wadsworth Blvd Exit 269.
Drive 2.5 miles North on Wadsworth Blvd to 68th Avenue.
Travel 1.0 miles West on 68th Avenue to Garrison Street.
Drive North on Garrison Street to Park.
DeLorme 40:B2
Roads of Colorado 80:C1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:A8
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Mamm Creek Gravel Pits

From Interstate 70, take Garfield County Airport Exit 94.
Drive north over I70 and turn left.
N 39 31.890 W 107 43.819 Elev: 5356 ft
DeLorme 34:D4
Roads of Colorado 75:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 70:E3
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Mammoth Creek Reservoir

From Rollinsville, take CR 16 to Tolland.
West of Tolland, take 4N Road to Trailhead.
(Not the best of roads, hike required to get to Reservoir).
DeLorme 39:A6
Roads of Colorado 63:F4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:H3
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Marion Street Pond

From Interstate 70, take Washington Street Exit 275A.
Travel North 1.0 miles on Washington Street to East 54th Avenue.
Drive East 0.3 miles on 54th Avenue to Marion Street; pond to south.
DeLorme 40:B3
Roads of Colorado 81:D1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:B9
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Marshall Mesa

From Boulder Turnpike, take Table Mesa Drive.
Drive 0.9 miles west on Table Mesa Drive to Broadway (Highway 93).
Travel 1.3 miles south on Highway 93 to Marshall Road.
Drive 1.4 miles south on Marshall Road to intersection of Marshall Drive & Hwy 170.
Travel east on Marshall Drive to parking lot for Marshall Mesa (south side road).
DeLorme 40:A1
Roads of Colorado 64:B4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:G7
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Marshall Pass & O'Haver Lake

From Highways 285 & 50 west of Salida,
Travel 5.0 miles South on Hwy 285 to Forest Road 200 at Mears Junction.
N 38 26.89 W 106 06.40
Drive West on FR 200 (Marshall Pass Road); continue west on FR 202 to Pass.
(Marshall Pass is approximately 11.0 miles west of Hwy 285).
(O'Haver Lake is approx. 3.5 miles west of Hwy 285).
O'Haver Lake: N 38 42.778 W 106 14.306
Marshall Pass: N 38 23.50 W 106 14.85 Elev: 10,842'
DeLorme 70:A1
Roads of Colorado 110:B4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 99:D8
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Majestic Circle, Montroserk

From Highways 550 and 50 in Montrose,
Drive 1.0 miles South on Hwy 550 to East Niagara Road.
Travel 0.8 miles East on E. Niagara Road and continue to Pavilion Drive.
Drive 0.3 miles South on Pavilion Drive to Melody Rose Lane.
Travel 0.3 miles East on Melody Rose Lane (changes to Stone Bridge Drive) to Majestic Circle.

Burrowing Owls found in cul-ddee-sac 5/23/2012.
DeLorme 66:A2
Roads of Colorado 106:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 96:D2
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Mary Carter Greenway Trail

Where to catch the trail:

River Point Parkway, Englewood: Park in the shopping complex at River Pointe Parkway
just south of the Hampden Avenue and South Santa Fe interchange. The Mary Carter Greenway
Trail heads south from here, or you can cross the bridge and head north on the South Platte
River Trail that travels into central Denver or go west on Bear Creek Trail.

Oxford Avenue, Englewood: there is a small parking area on the north side of the Oxford
Avenue underpass. This parking area is on the west bank of the river.

Centennial Park, Englewood: This is a large park located north of Union Avenue and east of
Federal Boulevard. It has athletic fields, multiple parking lots, restrooms and a playground.

Reynold's Landing Park, Littleton: this is a small park just west of Santa Fe Drive and
at 1.5 miles north of Mineral Avenue. There is a small parking lot and access trails to
reach the Mary Carter Greenway Trail.
DeLorme 40:D2 to B2
Roads of Colorado 80:C3 to C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:D8 to C9
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McCabe Meadows Park

From I225, take Parker Road South to Parker.
From Main Street intersection in Parker, go south on Parker Rd. (Co 83)
for 1.2 miles. Turn right on Indian Pipe Lane to parking lot on right.
DeLorme 41:D4
Roads of Colorado 81:E3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:E11
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McCabe's Wetlands

From Highway 50 and Hwy 135 in Gunnison,
Travel approx. 4.3 miles West on Hwy 50 to Gunnison County Road 32.
Drive South on County Road 32 about 1/2 mile to Wetlands.
DeLorme 58:D2
Roads of Colorado 108:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 97:C11
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McLain Pit

From the intersection of Highway 83 and 86, Franktown
Travel West on Hw 86; 0.3 miles to Castlewood Canyon Road
Turn South (Left) on Castlewood Canyon Road.
Drive 0.25 miles south on Castlewood Canyon Road,
Entrance to Pit is past Driveway on East.
(Room for a couple of cars to park).
DeLorme 51:B4
Roads of Colorado 97:E1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:G12
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McCall Lake

From Interstate 25, take Exit 243 (Highway 66).
Drive West for 12.0 miles on Hwy 66 to 63rd Street.
McCall Lake south side of Hwy 66.
DeLorme 30:C1
Roads of Colorado 64:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:D7
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McCaslin Lake

From Boulder, take highway 36 North towards Lyons
Turn East (Right) on Hygiene Road (Boulder County Road 10)
(Hygiene Road is 12 miles North of Highway 36 and Diagonal Highway (CO 119)
Just past Foothills Reservoir, turn South (Right) on North 59th street (2.0 miles)
Lake is 0.4 miles South

From Denver, take Interstate 25 North to Exit 243
Go West (Left) on Highway 66 to 75th street
Turn South (Left) and travel to Hygiene
Turn West (Right) on Hygiene Road (CR 10)
Turn South (Left) on North 59 street to reservoir
DeLorme 30:C1
Roads of Colorado 64:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:D7
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McClain Gravel Pit

From the intersection of Highway 83 and 86, Franktown
Travel West on Hw 86; 0.5 miles to Castlewood Canyon Road
McClain Gravel Pit is approximately 0.6 miles south of Hwy 86. Turn South (Left) on Castlewood Canyon Road; Park entrance is 2.2 miles
DeLorme 51:B4
Roads of Colorado 97:E1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:H12
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McClure Pass & Old McClure Pass Road

Interstate 70 to Glenwood Springs, south on highway 82 for 12 miles
Take highway 133 south out of Carbondale for 28 miles, past Marble to McClure Pass summit

Drive back North, 0.4 miles to end of guard rail
Turn east on Forest Road (post with two reflectors on it)
Purple Martin pair and many good birds 50 yards south.

Northern Pygmy-Owls can be seen in season at McClure Pass campground.
Reached by continuing South on Highway 133; 0.2 miles from summit.

Blue Grouse can be seen by driving the 1.2 miles of Old McClure Pass.
Gravel Road heading East from McClure Pass Summit.
DeLorme 45:C7
Roads of Colorado 92:A2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 85:C8
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McDonald Creek Trail

Rabbit Valley is located at mile marker 2 on Interstate 70.
After turning off at exit 2 drive south back over the interstate.
The pavement ends and the road becomes gravel for a short distance.
Measure your distance from the first cattle guard you come to just
before the large parking area. To go beyond this point you will need
a four wheel drive vehicle or OHV. I have driven a two wheel drive
Chevy pickup on this road several times but I don't recommend it.
On this trip I was driving a four wheel drive Ford truck though.
The trick is to turn left at the above sign 4/10 of a mile from
the first cattle guard and follow the road through a wash until
it rejoins the main or old road. If you go straight instead of
taking the left fork be prepared for some major rock crawling.
We actually did the rock crawling on the way out and took the
easy road coming back. The trailhead is located on the east side
of the road across from the Castle Rocks campground.
It is 2.5 miles from the interstate to the trailhead.
DeLorme 42:C1
Roads of Colorado 88:B1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 82:B1
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McElmo Canyon & Road J Bridge

From Cortez, drive south on Highway 160 to CR G.
At Stoplight, turn west on CR G into the Canyon.
Road J Bridge is approx. 7.0 miles west of Hwy 160.
(Look for Black Phoebe at Road J bridge).
DeLorme 84:B2
Roads of Colorado 152:C1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 120:D4
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McElmo Creek Road

From the traffic light at the west end of Main Street (Hwy 160)
in Cortez set the odometer to zero and then proceed south on
Hwy 160 approximately 1.8 – 2 miles to the traffic light at
the intersection of McElmo Creek Road. Turn right and go west
on McElmo Creek Road 16.0 miles. At this point there should
be a house located back off of the north side of the road.
There is a long driveway to the house that is lined on either
side of the driveway with hedges that have orange trumpet flowers.
There is a turn off next to the road here where you can park off
of the road. The bird was seen on both sides of the road, and
it is best to stand next to the road and survey the area.
DeLorme 84:B3
Roads of Colorado 152:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 120:D2
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McInnis Canyons

From Grand Junction, take Interstate 70 to Fruita Exit 19.
Turn South (left) and drive 1.5 miles to Kingsview Estates.
Turn West (right) into subdivision and stay on main road.
Drive through subdivision;
Devil's Canyon Trailhead 0.5 miles ahead on left (South).
Trailhead sits back off main road in a short access road
and not easily visible from the main road; Watch for sign.
Pollock Bench Trailhead is another 2.5 miles ahead
directly off the main road, on left.
DeLorme 42:C3
Roads of Colorado 88:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 82:C4
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McIntosh Lake

From Interstate 25, take Highway 119, Exit 240.
Drive West approx. 8.0 miles on Hwy 119 (continues as 3rd street) to South Hover Road.
Travel 1.5 miles North on Hover Road to 17th Avenue.
Drive 1.0 miles West on 17th Avenue to Lakeshore Drive.
Travel North on Lakeshore Drive to Lake.

To view North side of lake:
From Hover Road, continue North on Hover Road to 21st Avenue.
Drive 0.4 miles West on 21st Avenue and take Harvard Street North.
Travel 0.3 miles on Harvard St. and take Horizon Parkway West.
Drive 0.2 miles West on Horizon Pky to North Shore Drive.
Travel South on North Shore Drive to Lake.
DeLorme 30:C1
Roads of Colorado 64:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:E8
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McKay Lake

From Interstate 25, take 120th Avenue, Exit 223
Drive west on 120th avenue 0.4 miles to North Huron Street.
Travel North on N. Huron Street 3.0 miles to W. 144th Street.
Drive 1.0 miles west on 144th Street to N. Zuni Street.
DeLorme 40:A2
Roads of Colorado 65:D4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:G9
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McKee Medical Center Lake

From Interstate 25, take Highway 34, Exit 257.
Travel West approximately 3.2 miles on Hwy 34 to North Boise Avenue.
Drive North on N. Boise Avenue to McKee Medical Center (east side of road).
DeLorme 30:A2
Roads of Colorado 48:C4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:A9

McKinley Elementary School; Canon City

From the east side of Canon City,
Drive West to South Raynolds Avenue.
Travel approximately 1.5 miles South on S. Raynolds Avenue to Grand Avenue.
Drive approx. 0.8 miles West on Grand Avenue to McKinley Street.
Travel approx. 0.2 miles North on McKinley Street to School.
Beware: not the best idea to bird an elementary school
during school hours; you may want to ask for permission.
DeLorme 72:A1
Roads of Colorado 112:B4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 101:D7
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McLellan Reservoir

Take Interstate 470 to Lucent Blvd Exit
Drive North 0.3 miles to reservoir.

Female Cerulean Warbler was found by going to east end of reservoir.
Take Highline Canal south of County Line Road and look for bird
where path makes U-turn (water runs under path).
DeLorme 40:D3
Roads of Colorado 81:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:E9
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McMurry Natural Area

From Interstate 25, take East Mulberry Street (Hwy 14), Exit 269.
Travel approx. 4.2 miles West on E. Mulberry Street to South College Avenue (Hwy 287).
Drive North approx. 1.3 miles on S. College Avenue to Hemlock Street.
Travel approx. 0.6 miles West on Hemlock Street to parking area.
5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
1.5 miles natural surface with a trail connection to
Magpie Meander Natural Area and Salyer Natural Area.
DeLorme 20:D2
Roads of Colorado 48:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 49:F8
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McPhee Overlook, Trail, & Campgrounds

From Hwy 160 & 145 in Cortez,
Travel approximately 7.9 miles North on Hwy 145 to Hwy 184.
Drive approx. 4.0 miles North and West on Hwy 184 to Montezuma County Road 25.
Travel 0.4 miles North on CR 25 to first right (FR 271).
Drive east to Overlook.

Hike down Trail to campgrounds (round trip 4.0 miles).
DeLorme 85:A4
Roads of Colorado 137:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 121:B7
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McPhee Reservoir

From Cortez; drive 10.3 miles northwest on highway 666 from intersection with highway 160
At Colorado 184, turn east to CR 25; in 3.9 miles there is sign for turnoff for McPhee Reservoir.
After turning north, CR 25 forks in 0.3 miles.
Take left fork over large hill and drive downward (western end of reservoir viewed from here).
Continue downhill to a small dam in 1.3 miles (check waterfowl here).
Continue north to T intersection at CR X in 0.4 miles.
Turn right; the spur roads (0.2 and 0.4 miles) lead to southern end of reservoir.
At the end of CR X in 0.6 miles is the Sage Hen Area.
DeLorme 75:D4
Roads of Colorado 137:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 120:A6
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McWilliams Park

From Interstate 25, take Exit 202 (Yale Avenue)
Travel West on Yale and cross Colorado Blvd.
Continue West on Yale to Josephine Street.
Drive North on Josephine Street to bridge over creek.

To Search for American Bittern 10/25:
Park near bridge at creek & Josephine.
Walk East along Bike Path to first alley running North-south.
Bittern was in grass under white fence along creek & alley.
DeLorme 40:C3
Roads of Colorado 81:D2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:C9
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Meadow Creek Reservoir & Jackson County Road 30

From Hwy 14 in Walden, travel approx. 21.0 miles east to CR 30.
DeLorme 18:C2
Roads of Colorado 46:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 47:F11
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Meadowcreek Subdivision; Colorado City

From Interstate 25, take Highway 165 Exit 74.
Drive West on Hwy 165 to Loaf N Jug Store (north side).
Take South Parkway to South from here.
Cross Greenhorn Creek and park near swimming pool.
Gulf stream Drive skirts south side of pool.
Meadowcreek Lane is on west side of S. Parkway.
DeLorme 83:A4
Roads of Colorado 129:E4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 115:C11
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Meadow Lane

From Intersection of Highway 34 and Hwy 36 in Estes Park (Visitors Center)
Go West on 34/36 (Elkhorn Road) for 0.4 miles
Turn South (Left) on Moraine Drive until it turns West to RMNP
After 0.2 miles where Moraine turns west, continue straight
Turn West (Right) after 0.1 miles onto Riverside Drive
Continue West on Riverside Drive for 1.2 miles to Meadow Lane
Turn South (Left) on Meadow Lane; 1271 Meadow Lane is 0.2 miles south
DeLorme 29:A6
Roads of Colorado 47:F4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:B3
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Meadow Lake

From Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs, take Woodmen Road (Exit 149).
Travel approximately 5.0 miles East on Woodmen Road to North Powers Blvd.
Drive approx. 6.2 miles South on N. Powers Blvd to Highway 24.
Travel East on Hwy 24 approx. 8.5 miles to Falcon.
Continue East to Blue Gill Drive (south off Hwy 24).
Drive South on Blue Gill Drive to Mallard Drive.
Travel South on Mallard Drive to Meadow Lake.
DeLorme 63:A6
Roads of Colorado 97:F4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 90:E2
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Meadow Park, Lyons

From Interstate 25, take Lyons Exit 243 (Hwy 66).
Travel 16.0 miles West on Hwy 66 to Hwy 66 & Hwy 7 in Lyons.
Drive South 0.1 miles on Hwy 7 to Park.
N 40 13.418 W 105 16.325 Elev: 5368'
DeLorme 30:C1
Roads of Colorado 64:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:D6
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Meadows Golf Club Pond

From Interstate 25, south of Denver, take C470, Exit 195,
Drive approximately 22.4 miles West on C470 to West Bowles Avenue.
Travel approx. 1.2 miles East on W. Bowles Avenue to South Simms Street.
Drive approx. 1.3 miles South on S. Simms Street to view Pond.
DeLorme 40:D1
Roads of Colorado 80:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:D8

Meredith

From Interstate 70 at Glenwood Springs.
Take Exit 116 and follow the road around to Highway 82.
Note mileage when driving south over I70.
Travel 22.9 miles south and west to Basalt.
At Basalt, drive 0.2 miles north on Basalt Avenue to Midland Avenue.
Continue North 0.5 miles on Midland Avenue to Frying Pan Road.
Continued 22.1 miles Northeast on Frying Pan Road to Meredith.

Barrow's Goldeneyes on Frying Pan River 3/7/2011:
between mile markers 5 & 6.
DeLorme 46:A3
Roads of Colorado 77:E4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 72:G2
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Merino Pond

From Interstate 76, take Exit 102.
Travel North 1.2 miles on Logan County Road Q to Highway 6.
Drive northeast approximately 8.9 miles on Hwy 6 to CR 25 (Merino).
Travel North approx. 1.5 miles on Hwy 25 to Pond, (north of CR 10)
DeLorme 95:C4
Roads of Colorado 52:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 52:H3
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Metzger Farm Open Space

From Interstate 25, take Exit 223, Highway 128 (120th Avenue).
Travel West on 120th Avenue to Lowell Blvd.
Drive North on 120th Avenue to West 121st Avenue.
Park is at the northeast corner of 121st & Lowell.
DeLorme 40:A2
Roads of Colorado 65:D4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:H9
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Mesa County Road 2

From Interstate 70, take Mack Exit 11.
Travel North 0.8 miles to Mack.
Turn West (Left) on Highway 50/6 and drive 9.2 miles to CR 1 & 8/10
Travel approximately 1.0 miles North on 1 & 8/10 Road to CR 2.

To search for Sagebrush Sparrows 5/31/2014:
Travel Northeast on CR 2 for approx. 0.8 miles (39.25865,-109.01085)
DeLorme 42:B1
Roads of Colorado 88:B1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 82:A1
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Mesa County Road 27 and 1/4

From Interstate 70, take Horizon Drive, Exit 31.
Drive North on Horizon Drive to County Road H.
Travel West on CR H to CR 27 & 1/4.

Burrowing Owl Colony:
1/4 mile west of 27 & 1/4 Road and a mile north of last airport runway.
DeLorme 43:C4
Roads of Colorado 89:E2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 82:C6
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South Mesa Trail & Doudy Draw Trailheads

From Denver, take Boulder Turnpike (Highway 36) toward Boulder
Take Superior Exit and go West (Left)
Follow Highway 170 (Marshall Road) North to Highway 93
Continue Past Highway 93 along highway 170 to Eldorado Springs
Doudy Draw Trailhead is approximately 1.8 miles from hwy 170/hwy 93

From Boulder, Broadway (hwy 93) to Highway 170 (El Dorado Springs Drive)
Turn West on Highway 93, 1.8 miles to parking areas for trailheads.

Mesa Trail South Trailhead Parking is just north & east of Doudy Draw Parking.
N 39 56.310 W 105 15.506 Elev: 5882'

To search for Northern Parula 10/1/2012:
Walk up Mesa Trail 50 yards north of parking lot to Towhee Trail.
Parula Warbler on a dead limb in a small tree across from the second
large cottonwood tree as you walk up Towhee Trail
DeLorme 40:A1
Roads of Colorado 64:B4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:G6
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Messex Wildlife Area

From Interstate 76, take Merino Exit 102
Travel North 2.0 miles to highway 6
then 1.75 miles northeast to County Road R
Drive North 1.5 miles on CR R and then west 0.5 miles to property.
DeLorme 95:C4
Roads of Colorado 52:B4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 52:H3
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Metro Lake; Colorado City

From Interstate 25; take Exit 71.
Drive 0.5 miles West to lake.
DeLorme 83:A4
Roads of Colorado 129:E4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 115:C10
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Meyer Ranch Open Space

From Interstate 470 & Highway 285 on the west side of Denver,
take highway 285 west for approximately 16 miles.
Property is on east side of hwy 285.
DeLorme 40:D1
Roads of Colorado 80:B3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 74:F5
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Michigan Creek & the Experimental Forest

From Woodland Park, take Highway 67 North to Forest Entrance.
(Great location for Three toed Woodpeckers & Flammulated Owls).
DeLorme 50:D2
Roads of Colorado 96:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 89:C8
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Michigan Creek Road & Georgia Pass

From Highway 285 and C470 on the west side of Denver,
Drive 52.0 miles southwest on Hwy 285 to Jefferson.
Travel northwest on CR 35 (Michigan Creek Road).

To Search for American Three-toed Woodpeckers
at their traditional location.
Drive 4.1 miles pass the gate to Michigan Creek Campground.
There is a gravel road heading south here.
Walk up trail for about 200 yards and check trees to west.
(NOTE: ATTW are easier to find at Pine Valley Ranch Park).
DeLorme 48:A3
Roads of Colorado 79:D4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 73:F11
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Michigan Ditch

From Interstate 25, take Fort Collins Exit 269A.
Travel 1.7 miles West on Hwy 14 to North Timberline Road.
Drive 1.1 miles North on N. Timberline Road to East Vine Drive.
Travel 2.5 miles West on E. Vine Drive to Highway 287 (College Drive).
Drive 1.4 miles North on Hwy 287 which connects with Hwy 14 at CR 1.
From Hwy 14 and CR 1, continue west 66.5 miles on Hwy 14 to Cameron Pass.
40°51.000'N 105°89.000'W Elev: 10,276'
Cameron Pass is mile marker 65 (64.7) on Highway 14

Michigan Ditch (road/trail) runs south from the top of
Cameron Pass (restroom parking area on north side of hwy 14).
DeLorme 18:D3
Roads of Colorado 47:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 47:G11

Middlefork Road, Between Boulder & Lyons

From Boulder drive North on Highway 36.
Middlefork Road is 6.0 miles North of Jay Road
and 0.3 miles South of Lefthand Canyon Drive).
(Lefthand Canyon Drive is 6.3 miles North of Jay Road.
Approximately 6.7 miles North of Iris Road/Diagonal Highway)

From Interstate 25, take Exit 243.
Drive West 14.0 miles on Highway 66 to Highway 36.
Turn South on Hwy 36 and drive 6.3 miles to Middlefork Road.

Bohemian Waxwings (11/24) were observed 50-100 yards West of Hwy 36.
DeLorme 30:C1
Roads of Colorado 64:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:E6
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Middle Taylor Creek Wildlife Area

From Westcliffe, travel 8.0 miles on Hermit Lakes Road to property.
DeLorme 71:D6
Roads of Colorado 127:F3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 100:H3
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Midway Landfill

From Interstate 25, take Exit 119 (Rancho Colorado Blvd).
Drive West approximately 0.1 miles to Boca Raton Heights Road.
Traveling South on Boca Raton Heights (Landfill to west).
Continue South where Boca Raton Heights Road goes uphill.
There is a large pullover and group of mailboxes.
Bring a scope!.
DeLorme 63:D5
Roads of Colorado 113:F3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 102:C1
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Miller Ranch Wildlife Area

From Highway 50 & Hwy 135 in Gunnison;
Drive North on Hwy 135; turn left and continue North on CR 730.
Turn left at CR 7. Wildlife Area begins shortly after
junctions of County Roads 7 & 7a.
DeLorme 58:C2
Roads of Colorado 108:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 97:A11
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Milton Reservoir

From Interstate 76, take Kersey Road (County Road 49) north.
Milton is viewed from CR 49 and CR 30 (which passes along southern border)

From Lower Latham Reservoir, take CR 48 east to CR 49
Travel south on CR 49 to Milton (also CR 30)
DeLorme 31:C5
Roads of Colorado 65:F2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 64:D2
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Mike Higbee Wildlife Area

From Lamar, travel 4.0 miles east on highway 50 to property.
DeLorme 99:D7
Roads of Colorado 134:B3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 119:A12
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Mile High Gun Club

From Interstate 76, take Bromley Lane (152nd Avenue) Exit 22.
Drive north along the Eastern Service Road to 160th Avenue.
Travel east on 160th Avenue to Gun Club Road.
Old Mile High Lakes north of 160th avenue, just west of Gun Club Road.

Harris's Sparrow, 3/1/2013:
Just west of Gun Club Road: (39.9857357,-104.7165728)
DeLorme 41:A5
Roads of Colorado 65:F3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:G12
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Mill Creek Road

From Pagosa Springs, travel east on Highway 160 to Highway 84.
Drive South on Hwy 84 to Mill Creek Road (CR 302).
Travel East approx. 6.0 miles on Mill Creek Road to Forest Road 665.
Drive South on Forest Road 665 for about two miles to Forest Road 29.
Travel West on Forest Road 29 to end.

Great habitat for Band-tailed Pigeons, Williamson's Sapsuckers, Grace's Warblers,
Virginia's Warblers, Red Crossbills, Flammulated Owls & Northern Saw-whet Owls.
DeLorme 88:B2
Roads of Colorado 156:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 123:D12
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Mill Creek Trail

From Gunnison, drive 3.4 miles North on Highway 135 to Ohio Creek Road (CR 730).
Travel 8.8 miles on Ohio Creek Road to Mill Creek Road.
Drive 4.0 miles on Mill Creek Road to open meadow before the Wilderness Boundary Gate.
Best birding is the first 3.0 miles of the trail.
DeLorme 58:D2
Roads of Colorado 108:B1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 85:H10
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Middle Creek Road (Forest Road 523)

From Creede, travel West on Hwy 149 to Forest Road 523 (Middle Creek Road).
Drive South on Middle Creek Road (stay left at fork) to small pond.
DeLorme 78:C1
Roads of Colorado 140:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 111:F11
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Mineral Palace Park

From Interstate 25 in Pueblo, take Exit 99 (4th Street) Westward.
Turn North on Santa Fe to Mineral Palace Park.

Court and 18th reached by taking 15th West to Court St. and North to 18th.
DeLorme 73:C5
Roads of Colorado 129:F1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 102:G2
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Miramonte Reservoir

From Norwood, travel 1.5 miles east on highway 145 to Forest Road 610
Take FR 610 (Dolores-Norwood Road) 17 miles south to reservoir.
DeLorme 75:A6
Roads of Colorado 121:F3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 109:C8
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Miramont Sports Center

From I25 in Fort Collins, take Harmony Road, Exit 265.
Travel 3.5 miles West on Harmony Road to South Lemay Avenue.
Drive 0.4 miles South on S. Lemay Avenue to Oakridge Drive.
Then travel approx. 0.2 miles West on Oakridge Drive to property.
DeLorme 20:D2
Roads of Colorado 48:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 49:G8
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Mira Vista Golf Course

From I225, take Alameda Blvd West.
Continue past Havana Blvd in approx. 2.0 miles.
Mira Vista is located at the northwest corner of Alameda & Havana Blvds.

Geese feed on the golf course. You can see the southern side from Alameda.
The Northern side is reached by continuing 1.5 miles West on Alameda to Fairmount Drive.
Then North 0.4 miles on Fairmount Drive to Lowry Blvd; then east.
DeLorme 40:C3
Roads of Colorado 81:E2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:C10
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Mirror Lake and Tincup

From Gunnison travel approx. 12.0 miles East on Highway 50 to Parlin.
Drive approx. 15.0 miles North on County Road 76 (Quartz Creek Road).
to Pitkin and continue to Forest Road 765.
Take FR 765 to Tincup (23.1 miles north of Pitkin).
Continue 3.0 miles on Forest Road 267 to Mirror Lake.
DeLorme 59:B6
Roads of Colorado 100:F1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 86:H5
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Missouri Gulch

From Woodland Park (Intersection of Highways 24 & 67)
travel approximately 8.0 miles North on Hwy 67 to Forest Road 79 (Spruce Road).
At Intersection with Pine Lane in approx. 1.9 miles, take left (Spruce Road).
Drive to end of road. Hike further North to Forest.
Flammulated Owl was heard 300 yards into National Forest.
DeLorme 50:C2
Roads of Colorado 96:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 89:C9
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Moffat County Road 10N

From the intersection of Hwy 40 & Hwy 318, just west of Maybell,
Travel approximately 41.5 miles Northwest on Hwy 318 to CR 10N.
Drive approx. 1.2 miles north on CR 10N to OWL spot (40.749718,-108.765472)
DeLorme 12:C3
Roads of Colorado 41:D1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 42:D4
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Mogensen Ponds Wildlife Area

From Molina, travel approximately 2.7 miles West on Highway 330 to Wildlife Area.
Wildlife Area is on North side of Hwy 330, after crossing Coon Creek.
DeLorme 44:C1
Roads of Colorado 90:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 83:B11
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Molas Pass

From Durango, drive 40 miles North along Highway 550 to Molas Pass.
Hike 0.7 miles west on road just north of summit to Little Molas Lake.

From Silverton, drive 6.0 miles south on Hwy 550 to Pass.
DeLorme 76:C4
Roads of Colorado
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 110:F4
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Monarch Pass

From Highways 285 & 50, west of Salida,
Travel approx. 18.5 miles west to Summit.
DeLorme 59:D7
Roads of Colorado 110:A4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 99:D7
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Monarch Spur RV Park

From Highways 285 & 50, west of Salida,
Located on Hwy 50 at 11.7 miles west of Salida.
(9.2 miles east of Monarch Pass, between
mile markers 208 & 209 on U.S. Highway 50).

To Search for Magnificent Hummingbird 4/13:
Private Property, but birders are welcomed.
Please check-in with owners of RV Park first
(They probably can tell you which space to check)
(Additional info: Bob Germany; bgerm(at)cox.net
DeLorme 59:D7
Roads of Colorado 110:A4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 99:D7
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Monfort Marsh

From Business Highway 85 and Highway 34 in Greeley.
Travel approximately 10.0 miles east on Hwy 34 to CR 57.
Drive South approx. 1.0 miles on CR 57 to Marsh.

From Denver there is a quicker way to miss traffic on HW 85.
Take Interstate 76 East and North to Exit 34
Go North on Weld County Road 49 (paved) 20.2 miles to Hwy 34
Turn Right (East) and drive approx. 2.2 miles to CR 57.
Drive South approx. 1.0 miles on CR 57 to Marsh.
DeLorme 31:B6
Roads of Colorado 50:A4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 64:B3
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Montrose Feedlot

From Highway 50 & Highway 550 in Montrose.
Drive South 5.6 miles on Hwy 550 to Solar Road.
Continue another 0.5 miles on Hwy 550 to feedlot.
DeLorme 66:A2
Roads of Colorado 106:C4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 96:E2
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Monte Vista Home

From Highway 160 and Hwy 15 in Monte Vista.
Drive South on Hwy 15 until pavement ends.
Continue South for approximately 1.0 miles.
Look for small gray house with feeders, east side of hwy.
DeLorme
Roads of Colorado
CO Road & Recreation Atlas
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Monte Vista Eurasian Collared-Doves

In Monte Vista, take highway 160 west to Durham Street
(approx. 0.4 miles west of junction of hwy 160 & hwy 285)
ECDOs are observed in alley between Durham and Morris Streets to the west
And 2nd & 3rd streets to the south of highway 160.
DeLorme 80:D1
Roads of Colorado 142:B3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 113:H9
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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

From Monte Vista; travel south on highway 15 to office (maps available)
(Refuge is approximately 6.5 miles south of highway 160/285.

To Search for Bendire's Thrasher:
From Monte Vista, drive 2.0 miles east on Highway 285/160 to CR 3E.
Travel South on CR 3E for 7.0 miles to Rio Grande CR 7S.
Drive 0.5 miles East on CR 7S until you see a single spruce tree,
numerous willow trees and lilac bushes on the south side of the road.
At times the Thrasher was 30 feet from CR 7S.

NOTE: Self driving Auto Tour Route is closed for repairs, remainder of 2009.
DeLorme 90:A2
Roads of Colorado 142:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 125:A9
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Montgomery Pass Trail

From Interstate 25, take Fort Collins Exit 269A.
Travel 1.7 miles West on Hwy 14 to North Timberline Road.
Drive 1.1 miles North on N. Timberline Road to East Vine Drive.
Travel 2.5 miles West on E. Vine Drive to Highway 287 (College Drive).
Drive 1.4 miles North on Hwy 287 which connects with Hwy 14 at CR 1.
From Hwy 14 and CR 1, continue west 57.4 miles on Hwy 14 to Trailhead.
(Parking for trail is at the Zimmerman Lake Trailhead,
Montgomery Pass starts across the road from the lower end of parking area.
DeLorme 18:D3
Roads of Colorado 47:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 47:G11
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Monument Park Lake

From I25, Take Exit 14 (Hwy 12 at Trinidad,
travel 41.0 miles Northwest on Highway 12.
Look for road heading east at Monument Park.
DeLorme 92:C2
Roads of Colorado 160:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 127:E9
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Monument Reservoir

From Trinidad, take Highway 12, 32 miles Northwest to property.
Lake on East side of Highway 12.
DeLorme 92:C2
Roads of Colorado 160:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 127:E9
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Monument Valley Park

Address: 170 W. Cache La Poudre Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
Open: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
From Interstate 25, Colorado Springs, take Uintah Street, Exit 143.
Drive East on Uintah Street to Glen Avenue.
Travel North on Glen Avenue to Northern section of Park.
Travel South on Glen Avenue to Southern section of Park.

To reach northern area for Northern Parula 5/26/2015:
Continue East on Uintah Street to Wood Avenue.
Drive North on Wood Avenue to West Monroe Street.
Travel a short distance west on Monroe to parking lot.
NOPA: south of parking area: 38.8650908,-104.827069
DeLorme 63:A4
Roads of Colorado 113:E1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 89:F11
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Moose Lake Lodge

Take Interstate 70 to Highway 40 (exit 233), approximately 27 miles from west side of Denver
Travel North approx. 48 miles on Hwy 40 to Highway 34.
Drive northeast approx. 16 miles on Highway 34 to US National Park Road (491).
Travel North and West approx. 2.2 miles on 491 Road to Lodge.
DeLorme 28:b4
Roads of Colorado 63:D1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 61:C12

Morey Open Space

From Interstate 25, take Highway 34 Exit 257.
Travel approximately 5.6 miles West on Hwy 34 to North Taft Avenue.
Drive approx. 1.0 miles South On N. Taft Avenue to West 1st Street.
Travel approx. 2.2 miles West on W. 1st Street to Rossum Drive.
(look for signs to Mariana Butte Golf Course)
Take Rossum Drive North approx. 0.8 miles to Cedar Valley Drive (roundabout).
Go west onto Cedar Valley Drive.
After roundabout with Deer Meadow Place, park on Cedar Valley Drive.
Walk down Deer Meadow Place to access Open Space.

To search for Winter Wren 1/1/2009:
Hike west side about halfway up the area,
bird was just north of cattails on edge of Open Space.
DeLorme 30:A2
Roads of Colorado 48:C4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:B8
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Morgan Botton Road

From Hayden & highway 40, take California Park Road (Walnut Street) North
Travel to end of road (less than 0.6 miles) at "T" with CR 76
Turn Right (East) and travel 2.8 miles to intersection with Route 80.
Continue East On Morgan Bottom Road

Bohemian Waxwings 2/16: 40.5242388 -107.2104263
(Approximately 1.8 miles east of 80 Route Road.
DeLorme 15:D7
Roads of Colorado 44:B3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 45:G9

Morgan County Landfill

From Interstate 76, take Exit 80.
Travel North 1.4 miles on Highway 52 to County Road T.5
Drive East 3.5 miles on T.5 to CR 22.
Landfill is approximately 2.5 miles North of T.5
and on the East side of CR 22.
DeLorme 94:C2
Roads of Colorado 67:E1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 65:C11
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Morgan-Smith Nature Area

From Interstate 76, take 152nd Avenue (Bromley Lane), Exit 22.
Drive West approximately 4.0 miles on 152nd Avenue to Hwy 85.
Travel approx. 1.0 miles North on Hwy 85 to Highway 7.
Exit, drive around circle and go West less than 0.4 miles on Hwy 7.
Veteran's Park is on North side of Hwy 7, just before the S. Platte River. Morgan Smith Natural Area is north along the South Platte River.
DeLorme 41:A4
Roads of Colorado 65:E3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:G11

Morrison Park

From Red Rocks Park, drive east on highway 74 to CO 8
Turn south on CO 8 and drive two blocks to Bear Creek Avenue.
Take Bear Creek Avenue west to Union Avenue.
Take Union Avenue 0.2 miles to park.

From Morrison, take highway 74 west to CO 8; etc.
DeLorme 40:C1
Roads of Colorado 80:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:D7
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Mount Galbraith Park Loop

From Interstate 70, take Highway 6 Exit 262,
Drive north on Hwy 6 to Highway 93.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Colorado 93 and Highway 6,
go north 1 1/4 miles. Turn left at the stoplight at Golden Gate
Canyon Road and go west 1 1/4 miles. Parking lot and trailhead
is on the south side of the road. (Lat:39.46 Lon:-105.15)

Leave the parking area on the Cedar Gulch Trail., cross a small stream
and parallel the stream bed for a few hundred feet. Once you hit the
switchback, your climb begins, ending 1.3 miles later and 728' above
you at the intersection of the Cedar Gulch Trail and the Mount Galbraith
Loop Trail. The Cedar Gulch Trail is a steady climb which traverses
the side of the hills of Golden Gate Canyon. At the upper end of the
trail views of Golden and Denver develop as you near the intersection
with the loop trail. At the junction of the two trails, you have the
choice of going left or right on the loop trail. Going to the right
leaves the best views of Denver, Golden and Clear Creek canyon for
the end of the hike. The loop trail has some nice rock ledges and
rock stairways. At the point where the loop turns back, there is
an inviting peak in front of you, but don't climb it!
The area is closed to protect some rare species of plants!
DeLorme 40:B1
Roads of Colorado 80:B1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 74:B6
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Mount of the Holy Cross (Tigawan Road)

From Interstate 70, take Exit 171
Drive South 1.9 miles to Minturn.
Continue 2.9 miles to FR 707 (Tigiwan Road).
(immediately on right before crossing bridge over Eagle River)
Turn right and continue up this rough dirt road to the end, 8 miles.
Park in the parking area at the end of the road.
Tigiwon Road is closed to motor-vehicles annually from May 1st to June 20th.
It reopens to motorized vehicles on June 20th if the road is snow-free.
DeLorme 37:D6
Roads of Colorado 78:A3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 72:F6
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Mt. Crosier Trail

From Interstate 25 take Loveland Exit 257.
Drive West on Highway 34, approximately 20 miles to Drake.
Continue West for another 2.0 miles to Trailhead at Devils Gulch Road.

Thanks to Ruth Dick for following directions:
"After you enter the woods from the hillside meadow at the start of
the trail, the trail goes in pretty much straight, and as you near
the gully, the trail bends right taking you away from the gully.

Then you have a sharp left turn in the trail, it was soon after this
left turn that I encountered the flock of birds and the varied thrush.

As you hike this trail, you will eventually come to burned trees and
then to a nice grassy meadow and more burned trees! It's in these
burned trees across from the meadow where 3 toed woodpeckers are
often found. (This meadow area is maybe 1 and 1/2 miles from the
trailhead). Today a female downy and a female Hairy woodpecker,
plus a male 3 toed woodpecker were all in a dead ponderosa tree
with brown needles--it would be on your left as you hike the
trail before entering more trees after the meadow."
DeLorme 30:A2
Roads of Colorado 48:C4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:A8
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Mt. Elbert Forebay

From Leadville, take Highway 24 South approximately 14.0 miles to Hwy 82.
Travel West approx. 4.0 miles on Hwy 82 to Lake County Road 24C.
Take CR 24C approx. 1.3 miles through campground and North and East to Forebay.
DeLorme 47:D7
Roads of Colorado 94:A3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 86:C6
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Mt. Evans Road

From Interstate 70, take Idaho Springs Exit 240 to Mt. Evans.
Drive South up Mt. Evans Byway.
(Fee Area: $10/3 day pass; $3/bike or walk-in
NOTE: Government closes road day after Labor Day.

To Search for White-tailed Ptarmigan:
They are being reported about 2 out of 7 trips at:

1. Two-four birds: 30 yards below east side of summit
(check to grassy areas below rocky summit)
It helps to be one of the first people up there in
the morning as the area gets many visitors daily.

2. Additional Birds: First pullover on way down from
summit parking area (check below ridge to west of pullover)

3. Two Birds: Less often but found here also; 1st sharp switchback
after straight road leading south (uphill) from Summit Lake.
White-tailed Ptarmigan 6/26/2009:
Pull off at switchback and walk down old dirt track to south.
Ptarmigan seen on 6/22 & 6/26; within 50 yards of road.

To Search for Brown-capped Rosy Finches:
Watch the southwest corner of Summit Lake
(especially in the morning, but have patience,
they show up throughout the day.
DeLorme 39:C6
Roads of Colorado 79:F2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 74:B3
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Mt. Evans Wildlife Area

From Denver, travel Interstate 70 to El Rancho Exit (exit 252)
Drive 6.0 miles south on highway 74 to Evergreen Lake

From Evergreen, take highway 74 up hill past Evergreen Lake
Just north of Evergreen Lake, turn right onto Upper Bear Creek Road.
In 4.5 miles, continue past Witter Gulch Road.
Follow Upper Bear Creek Road to final fork where both ways are dead end.
Turn Right and follow Upper Bear Creek Road to wildlife area.

NOTE: Vehicles prohibited from Labor Day to June 14th.

To search for possible Black-backed Woodpecker:
Go to Wildlife Area Main parking area (picnic table, outhouse. sign etc.).
I parked here and rode my bike from this point although the road goes
through with an open gate so it would be possible to drive about a mile
further up and park at a pullout - a notable one on the left just past
a pillar-like rock outcropping looks like it would accommodate 3 to 4 cars.

From here (again about 1 mile from the main parking lot) follow
the main road up a rather steep hill (not quite to the top) see a sign
on the left that talks about the merits of removing all the evergreens
for the sake of the aspens and a few feet further on the left will be
a road branching off (blocked by a wire rope with a "no vehicle" sign
suspended from it in the middle). I road my bike a short ways (maybe 500 ft.)
up this road to a cleared section with a 55 gallon rusted barrel and
some stacked narrow logs - rocks on the left.

Just before this clearing a trail leads off to the left (a deep curved
rut in the road sorta pointing to it). I took this trail, which quickly
became almost indistinct for probably 1000 yards, past a rock outcropping
on the right to an notable outcropping on the left with 3 or 4 trees sort
of growing out of the top. Here on a tree (rock outcropping side) about
3 feet from the "path" was where I saw the woodpecker. He flew off to
some rather distant trees on the other side. The forest is not real dense
here and some burned tree stumps still remain from a past fire.
DeLorme 39:C7
Roads of Colorado 80:A2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 74:D5
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Mt. Falcon Park

Take Highway 285 west out of Denver.
Turn Right (Northwest) on Parmalee Gulch Road (CH 120).
Turn Right (Northeast) on Falcon Park Road and follow signs.
N 39 38.2114 W 105 14.4020 Elev: 7775'
DeLorme 40:C1
Roads of Colorado 80:B2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:D7
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Mt. Herman Road

From Interstate 25, take Exit 161 (Highway 105).
Travel West on Hwy 105 for a short distance to 3rd Street.
Drive 0.6 miles West on 3rd Street to Mitchell Avenue.
Travel 0.8 miles South on Mitchell Avenue to Mt Herman Road.
Drive West on Mt Herman Road.

To Search for Ovenbirds:
Look on North side of Mt Herman Road
before it turns into a dirt road.
DeLorme 50:D3
Roads of Colorado 97:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 89:C10
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Mt Nebo Cemetery

From I70, take the Peoria Exit 281.
Drive South on Peoria to 13th Avenue.
Travel 0.1 miles west on 13th Ave to Cemetery.
DeLorme 40:B3
Roads of Colorado 81:E2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:C11
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Mountain Home Reservoir

From Fort Garland, travel 2.5 miles east on highway 160 to Trinchera Ranch Road
Go 2.0 miles south on Trinchera Ranch Road to Icehouse Road
Turn west on Icehouse Road and drive 1.0 miles to northern entrance.
DeLorme 91:A7
Roads of Colorado 160:A1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 126:C5
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Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School

From I225, take East Iliff Avenue, Exit 5.
Drive 1.0 miles West on Iliff Avenue to South Peoria Street.
Church and School are just west of intersection.
DeLorme 41:C4
Roads of Colorado 81:E2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:C11
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Mt. Olivet Cemetery

From Interstate 70, west end of Denver, take Ward Exit (exit 266)
Travel south on highway 72 to 44th avenue
Turn west (Right) on 44th avenue to Cemetery.
DeLorme 40:B2
Roads of Colorado 80:C2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 75:B8
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Mt. Royal Trailhead

To reach the Mt. Royal trailhead, park at the park-n-ride off
the Frisco Main Street Exit off I-70, Exit 201. Take the paved bike
path toward Breckenridge and look for the trailhead sign on the
right side of the paved path. This trail travels through
the old mining town of Masontown and remains of mining cabins
can be seen as you travel up the hill. An avalanche off of
Mt. Victoria destroyed most of these cabins. Luckily the
buildings had been abandoned for years so no one was hurt.
When you reach the top of the hill there will be a trail
to the right. This is the trail to the top of Mt. Royal.
If you were to continue straight you will be on the trail to Peak One.
DeLorme 38:D2
Roads of Colorado 78:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 73:D9
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Mt Sopris

From the intersection of Colorado State Highway 82 and Highway 133,
head south on Highway 133, through the town of Carbondale and at
about 2.5 miles from the intersection (mentioned above) you need
to turn left (east) on Prince Creek Road (111 road/CR 5). Follow this road
for about 5 miles or so (it turns to dirt at about mile 1.5) until you come to
a potentially confusing intersection. Keep right to follow the road to Dinkle Lake.
The parking area for the trailhead for Mount Sopris is at Dinkle Lake,
about a mile and a half from the confusing intersection.
DeLorme 45-46:A1
Roads of Colorado 92:B1
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 71:H9
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Mountaindale Cabins and RV Resort

From Interstate 25, Tejon Street Exit 140.
Continue to Highway 115.
Travel south approximately 18.0 miles on Highway 115 to Barrett Road.
Drive west approx. 1.8 miles on Barrett Road to Rose Lane.
Travel north approx. 0.5 miles on Rose Lane to North Kathy Lane.
Drive west on N. Kathy Lane to Resort.

Bohemian Waxwings (281) on 2/12/2013
Mark Peterson: found on east and west sides
of Highway 115 at turn for Resort (Barrett Road).
DeLorme 62:D3
Roads of Colorado 113:D3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 101:B10
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Mountain Plover Loops

NEW Burns (possible Mountain Plover haunts 2012): +Large burn at WCR 51/Hwy 14 (NE corner) extends
from WCR 51 to .5m past Dyer Ranch on north of Hwy 14.
+Burn along WCR 61 just north of Hwy 14
+Burn along WCR 104 (south of) near shooting area

From either Fort Collins or Briggsdale (Crow Valley Campground):

My favorite loop is taking highway 14 to CR 61 (8.0 miles west of Briggsdale);
N 40 38.3335 W 104 29.2213 Elev: 4961'
turn North on CR 61 and drive 2 miles; turn East on CR 94 and drive 1 mile
to CR 63; turn South on CR 63 and drive 1 mile to CR 92; turn East on CR 92
and drive 1 mile to CR 65; turn South on CR 65 and drive 1 mile back to hwy 14.

Most productive locations for Mountain Plover are northeast corner of
CR 94 & CR 61 and southwest and north of intersection of CR 94 & CR 63.
(CR 94 & CR 63 Field: N 40 40.109 W 104 28.0652 Elev: 5059')
I have observed McCown's Longspurs from west side of CR 94 & CR 61
and Chestnut-collared Longspurs from east side of same intersection.
Check for Burrowing Owls at the Prairie Dog village 0.5 miles south
of intersection of CR 61 & CR 94.

Another successful loop for Mountain Plover has been:

Driving along highway 14, stop at intersection with CR 51 (8 miles east of
Ault). Mountain Plovers & Burrowing Owls have been reported southeast of
intersection. Also watch for Long-billed Curlews after a rain shower.
N 40 35.3685 W 104 34.9625 Elev: 4955'

Then drive North on CR 51 for 3 miles to CR 90; turn east on CR 90 and
drive 3 miles back to highway 14. Mountain Plover have been observed
especially on west side of CR 51 and at northeast corner of CR 51 & CR 90.

Hwy 14 & CR 51:
Dyer Ranch Driveway (0.7 miles east): N 40 35.6793 W 104 34.6059 Elev: 5025'
DeLorme 21:C7
Roads of Colorado 50:A2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 50:F3
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Mountain Plover Spot

From Fort Collins; 37 miles east on Highway 14
South on Highway 392 to County Road 67

From Greeley; Highway 263 to Highway 37 (16 miles)
East on highway 392 to Weld County Road 67

Quickest route from Denver
Take Interstate 76 East and North to Weld County Road 49 (exit 34)
Go North on CR 49 to Highway 34 (pass within two miles of Latham Reservoir)
Turn Right (East) on HW 34 to HW 37 (At Kersey)
Go North on Highway 37
In three miles turn Right (East) on 37/263
Turn Right (North and East) on HW 392 (just past Gill)
Follow 392 to County Road 67
N 40 30.427 W 104 26.133 Elev: 4719'
DeLorme 21:D7
Roads of Colorado 50:A3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 50:H3
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Mt. Sanitas Trail

From Boulder Turnpike, highway 36; take Canyon Blvd West (Left)
Take Canyon to 9th Street, and turn right climbing the hill to Mapleton Ave.
Continue west on Mapleton past Memorial Hospital to the parking along the
street just as it enters the foothills in Sunshine Canyon.

Here you will find a picnic shelter. Going north from the shelter
and bearing to the right gets you on the Sanitas Valley Trail.
Bearing left at the shelter takes you on the Mount Sanitas Trail.
As you go up the hill on this trail, you will come to a wooden
footbridge over an irrigation ditch.

To Search for male Magnolia Warbler 9/11/2010:
"Go west on Maxwell into the hospital grounds, follow the driveway
on the west side of the power plant (chimney) up to the parking lot
(OK to park here on weekends), go out the north end of the parking
lot, turn left on the trail. The bird was in the shrubs along the
irrigation ditch before the trail crosses the wooden bridge. The
fenced area is closed Open Space; south of the bridge is open Open
Space." Maggie Boswell

To Search for the Mourning Warbler 5/16/2008:
Access the northern end:
From Mapleton Avenue drive North to 4th street.
At Hawthorn, drive west to trailhead.
Thomas Heinrich:
"Access is by a trailhead at the end of Hawthorn (several blocks west
of Broadway). The bird was in a bush about 200 yards up the trail.
At the trash bins, take the right fork, then around a hairpin turn
to about 15 yards past the telephone pole. The bird was in a bush
downhill from the trail next to a white-flowering tree."
DeLorme 30:D1
Roads of Colorado 64:B3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 62:F6
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Mount Ouray State Fishing Unit

From Salida, go 0.5 miles Northwest on Highway 291.
Travel 0.5 miles West on Chaffee County Road 154.
Drive 1.25 miles Northwest on CR 160 to property.

To Search for Vermilion Flycatcher 4/26:
From Highway 50 & Highway 285,
Drive 3.4 miles North on Highway 285 to CR 160.
Travel 2.0 miles East on CR 160 to CR 166.
Look at CR 166 bridge over Arkansas River.
DeLorme 60:D3
Roads of Colorado 110:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 99:C10
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Mount Shavano State Fishing Unit

From Salida, go 0.5 miles Northwest on Highway 291 to CR 154.
Travel 0.5 miles West on Chaffee County Road 154 to property.
DeLorme 60:D3
Roads of Colorado 110:C3
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 99:C10
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Muddy Pass Area

Bill Kaempfer:
"We started just before the beginning of CO 14 at Muddy Pass.
There is a road to the north from US 40, I think it is the only
turn off the highway to the north between the Jackson County line
and Muddy Pass and it has a number something like 308.
The road which is in fairly good shape, considering its location,
goes into an “open” camping area of mixed high forest."

Two miles West of Muddy Pass, travel North on Forest Road 308.
At first fork, drive right; at second ford, drive left.
Search around 200 yards past the second fork.
DeLorme 27:A5
Roads of Colorado 45:F4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 60:B4
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Mueller State Park

From Interstate 25 at Colorado Springs, take highway 24 (exit 141) West
Drive past Woodland Park (18 miles) to Divide (about 7 more miles)
Turn South on 67 and travel approx. 4.0 miles to Mueller State Park.

To Search for Flammulated Owl 8/1/2012 (Tucey):
"Lost Pond trail, about 1/4 mile beyond Lost Pond heading toward Geer Pond.
On the left side of the trail, as you are heading toward Geer Pond.
Grove of aspen trees, not very far off the trail. The hole is about 20 feet up."
DeLorme 62:A1
Roads of Colorado 96:C4
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 89:F7
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Mulligan Reservoir

From Interstate 25, take Highway 66 Exit 243.
Drive 1.0 miles West on Hwy 66 to Weld County Road 7.
Turn North on CR 7 and drive to reservoir on east.
DeLorme 30:C2
Roads of Colorado 65:D2
CO Road & Recreation Atlas 63:D9
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