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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

High Creek Fen - Park County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This is a large Nature Conservancy Preserve, comprising 2,360 acres of permanent springs and lush wet meadows and bogs. There are no established trails, but visitors can walk across the bog if they have waterproof or disposable footwear. The fen can be very buggy. One of a very few "extreme rich fens" in the United States, High Creek is home to fourteen rare plant species and nesting Wilson's Phalaropes. Mountain Plovers may nest on the drier, surrounding uplands.

Habitat: Wet Meadow
Directions: From Fairplay, head 8.5 miles south on US 285, to a gravel road heading east a quarter mile south of mile marker 175. Take this road about a mile east to the parking area and kiosk.
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