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Rifle Gap Reservoir and State Park to Three Forks - Garfield County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: The reservoir is surrounded by pinyon-juniper habitat. A short walk up into the PJ can yield Juniper Titmouse, Bewick's Wren, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Gray Flycatcher, Pinyon Jay, Scrub Jay and Ash-throated Flycatcher. A short walk in the sagebrush can yield Brewer's and Vesper Sparrows and Bushtit.

The reservoir is host to a small number of a variety of ducks and shorebirds during migration. Barrow's Goldeneye can often be found on open water here during the winter months.

There are several small two-track pull-offs on the pinyon-juniper side of Highway 325 on route to Rifle Falls State Park. If you missed any PJ birds at the reservoir they can be found in here--especially Rock Wrens. Across the highway the habitat along Rifle Creek is full of Gambel Oak, Box Elder and a mixture of shrubs. Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanager, Warbling and Plumbeous Vireos and Dusky Flycatcher can be heard calling.

Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Reservoir
Directions: Get off at the Rifle exit on I-70 (exit 90) and head 4 miles north on CO-13 to CO-325. Turn right onto CO-325 and follow this road north to the reservoir. The entrance will be on your left in about 5 miles.
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