Your Guide to Birding

in Garfield County

County Map Garfield County
Author(s):  Kim Potter
County Seat: Glenwood Springs
Size: 2,952 square miles
Low Elevation: 4,918 ft. - East Salt Creek on the Mesa border
High Elevation: 12,354 ft. - Flat Top Mountain
Best Birds: Hepatic Tanager (1973), Black Phoebe (1994)
Checklist: Garfield County Checklist
Introduction: Garfield County. This long thin West Slope county contains vast diversity. In the west are sagebrush and scrub deserts; in the middle, the eroded canyons of the Roan Plateau; and in the north and east, the high montane forests of the Flat Tops. The Colorado River slices through the county lengthwise, dragging Interstate 70 along with it through Glenwood Canyon. Although this corridor seems to be filling up rapidly with people, most of the rest of the county is pleasantly far from the beaten path.

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Baxter Pass
Habitat: Sagebrush, Pinyon-Juniper, Foothill Shrub, Rimrock/Mesa
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Coulter Mesa
Habitat: Aspen Grove, Mixed-Conifer Forest
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Douglas Pass
Habitat: Sagebrush, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove
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Four Mile Country
Habitat: Aspen Grove, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Hanging Lake
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lowland Riparian, Pond, Cliff Face
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Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery
Habitat: Foothill Shrub, Pond, Scrub Oak Forest
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Rifle Falls State Park
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Foothill Shrub, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Stream
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Rifle Gap Reservoir and State Park to Three Forks
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Reservoir
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Rifle Mountain Park
Habitat: Rimrock/Mesa, Mixed-Conifer Forest
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Stillwater Reservoir and the Devil's Causeway
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Alpine Tundra
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Trappers Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Burn Area, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Stream
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Veltus Park
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Urban/Suburban
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CBRC Accepted Records from Garfield County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Tundra Swan2008-16831 Dec 2008
Long-tailed Duck2007-008 2/10/2007
Eurasian Collared-Dove2004-0061/31/2004
Blue-throated Mountain-gem2011-001 6/30/2010
Glossy Ibis2010-077 5/4/2010
Red-headed Woodpecker2011-082 6/5/2011
Red-headed Woodpecker2014-059 05/28/2014
Black Phoebe34-94-455/11/1994
Eastern Phoebe2003-093 12/13/2003 - 12/14/2003
Common Redpoll2013-052 12/10/2012
Grasshopper Sparrow2020-079 9 Sep 2020
Field Sparrow56-87-86 27 Dec 1986
Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored)2004-01411/27/2003
Yellow-breasted Chat2014-177 12/11/2014
Baltimore Oriole2014-033 05/15/2013
Prothonotary Warbler2012-187 09/09/2012
Painted Redstart2005-120 11/16/2005 - 11/18/2005
Hepatic Tanager55-73-1007/21/1973
Summer Tanager2011-073 5/18/2011