Your Guide to Birding

in Mineral County

County Map Mineral County
Author(s):  James D. Beatty, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Creede
Size: 877 square miles
Low Elevation: 7,644 ft. - West Fork San Juan River on the Archuleta border
High Elevation: 13,895 ft. - Gwynedd Mountain
Best Birds: Brown Pelican (2002; pending acceptance)
Checklist: Mineral County Checklist
Introduction: Mineral County. This small southwestern mountain county is among the least explored, if not THE least explored county in Colorado. Not only is it small and out-of-the-way, but it has few lakes, the average elevation is high, and there is little in the way of riparian areas. A positive aspect of this county is that most of the land is owned by the Forest Service (probably a higher percentage than any other county in Colorado), though much of the land is not readily accessible. The record state snowfall for the winter is routinely recorded at Wolf Creek Pass, in the southern part of the county.

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Big Meadows Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mixed Conifer Forest
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Bristol Head
Habitat: Mixed conifer forest, spruce-fir forest, willow carrs, alpine tundra
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Broadacre Ranch Pond
Habitat: Pond
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Coller State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Stream, Streamside Willow, Lowland Riparian
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FR 503 North of Creede
Habitat: Cliff Face, Stream, Aspen Grove, Mixed Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow
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Pond along FR 523
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Reservoirs along CO 149
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Southwest Corner of Mineral County
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Foothill Shrub, Scrub Oak Forest, Mountain Meadow
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Wheeler Geologic Area
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow, Stream, Streamside Willow
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Wolf Creek Pass
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest
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CBRC Accepted Records from Mineral County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2004-099 7/2/2004
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2004-0125/16/2001