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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Platoro Reservoir - Conejos County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This spectacular high-mountain reservoir is spectacularly devoid of birds, like many deep steep-sided mountain reservoirs in Colorado. However, the surrounding forest can be good for mountain birds. Of particular note is Forest Road 380 north of the reservoir, which winds through some tremendous old-growth spruce-fir forest. We have found Boreal Owl along this road just north of the Rio Grande county line.

Habitat: Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow
Directions: Note: distances are approximate. This lake not only spectacularly devoid of birds, it is spectacularly remote! From Antonito, travel 22.5 miles west on State Route 17 to FR 250. Take a right onto FR 250 and follow it for 24 miles to FR 247. Go left onto FR 247. A smaller lake is .4 miles along FR 247, and the actual reservoir starts at .6 miles from FR 250.
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