Your Guide to Birding

in Gilpin County

County Map Gilpin County
Author(s):  Bill Kaempfer, Nathan Pieplow
County Seat: Central City
Size: 149 square miles
Low Elevation: 6,905 ft. - North Clear Creek on the Jefferson border
High Elevation: 13,294 ft. - James Peak
Best Birds: Vermilion Flycatcher (1987)
Checklist: Gilpin County Checklist
Introduction: Gilpin County. This tiny county--smaller even than Denver in area and larger only than Broomfield--is often overlooked despite its proximity to Denver. Like many other mountain counties, it lacks a wide diversity of habitat, but it also contains some wonderful birding spots. And butterfly enthusiasts may rejoice: this county's Fourth of July Butterfly Count routinely leads the nation in species diversity, beating out even the counts in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas!

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Birding Sites

Chase Gulch Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mountain Meadow, Lodgepole Forest
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Habitat: Lodgepole Forest, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Stream, Streamside Willow, Wet Meadow, Mountain Meadow, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Los Lagos Reservoir #3
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mountain Meadow, Lodgepole Forest
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Manchester Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lodgepole Forest
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Missouri Lakes
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mountain Meadow
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Rollins Pass (east side)
Habitat: Stream, Lodgepole Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow, Alpine Tundra
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Smith Hill Gulch
Habitat: Foothills Scrub, Mountain Meadow, Aspen Grove, Lodgepole Forest, Burn Area
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Thorn Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Streamside Willow, Lodgepole Forest, Mountain Meadow
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CBRC Accepted Records from Gilpin County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Broad-winged Hawk2014-074 06/14/2014
Vermilion Flycatcher34-87-534/4/1987