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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - Montrose County
Ownership: Federal - NPS
Description: This national park is known for its scenery but birding is also good. There are many trails. A paved road runs to the bottom of the canyon and the Gunnison River. Common Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, Rock and Canyon Wren and American Dipper are just a few of the species that are encountered along the river. On the rim look for Chukar, Dusky Grouse, both Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, Common Nighthawk, White-throated Swift, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, woodpeckers, flycatchers, bluebirds, sparrows and many more. The park has a good bird checklist. Another section of the park can be reached from Crawford and gives great views of the north rim. Gunnison Sage-Grouse can be found along the road to the park. Long-eared Owls nest in the park.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pinyon/Juniper Forest, Cliff Face, Sagebrush, Grassland/Prairie, Scrub Oak Forest
Elevation: 5610 feet
Directions: From Montrose drive east on US 50 for six miles. Turn left (north) on CO 347 and drive until Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is reached. To get to the north rim, drive to Crawford. Take CO 92 south of town for three miles. After Crawford State Park and Reservoir turn right (west). Follow the signs to the north rim.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Painted Redstart2015-041 04/15/2015