Rolling hills and rugged canyons offer a variety of habitats. Shrublands of oakbursh, sagebrush, and mountain-mahogany; willow riparian along several streams with some cottonwoods, grassy meadows, and wildflowers; spruce-fir and aspen forests in higher elevations. The Roan Cliffs offer majestic...
Crawford State Park
|Description: The park surrounds a 406-acre reservoir Iron Creek. Most of the rocky sandstone shoreline is cottonwood riparian habitat. Uplands on west and north sides are semi-desert shrublands of big sagebrush, rabbitbrush, and cactus intermixed with pinon-juniper woodlands. Uplands on east and south sides are dryland and irrigated grasslands. Cottonwoodlands along the creek traverse the canyon bottom below the dam.|
Wildlife to Watch: Geese, ducks, and shorebirds of all types use the lake, beach, and lake edges. Migratory songbirds are abundant. Best viewing is spring through fall. Watch for mule deer, coyotes, rabbits, raccoons, and skunks year-round, elk in late fall. And ground squirrels, marmots, and mice spring through fall. Small mammals attract golden eagles and numerous raptors-harriers, kestrels, rough-legged, sharp-shinned, and red-tailed hawks. Also great horned, western screech, and (rarely) northern pygmy owls. Bald eagles and osprey seen early spring and late fall. Frogs, toads, horned and fence lizards, garter snakes, and racers.
Special Tips: Visitor center on east side of reservoir along Colorado Highway 92 with interpretive exhibits, brochures, and book sales.
Other Activities: Restaurant 1 mile from area.
Universally accessible trail on east side starts at the swim beach below the visitor center and continues 0.75 miles around Clear Fork campground.
Ownership: Colorado State Parks
Size: 740 acres
Closest Town: Crawford
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