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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

San Miguel River South Fork Preserve - San Miguel County
Aliases: South Fork Preserve
Ownership: None Listed
Description: One of three Nature Conservancy Preserves along the San Miguel River, this pretty little patch of 67 acres is an excellent example of mid-elevation riparian habitat, featuring narrowleaf cottonwood, blue spruce and black twinberry. The 180-foot boardwalk with interpretive signage and the half-mile gravel trail make this one of the most handicapped-accessible birding sites in the area. Listen in summer all along this road for breeding Swainson's Thrush and Fox Sparrow, among many other birds.

Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Stream, Aspen Grove
Directions: From Telluride, head north on CO 145 approximately 2.5 miles past the turnoff to Rico, and turn left onto Illium Valley Road (FR 625). The preserve is approximately five miles from the highway along this road.
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