|Crawford State Park|
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 side...
|Description: 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 views of the Colorado River Valley.|
Wildlife to Watch: Mornings and evenings in summer and fall offfer good sightings of elk and mule deer. Black bears and mountain lions may be seen occasionally. Many small mammals such as porcupines, ground squirrels, jackrabbits, coyotes. Watch for golden eagles and prairie and peregrine falcons soaring hunting along the Roan Cliffs. Other cliff-dwelling birds include white-throated swifts, violet-green and cliff swallows, rock wrens. Many nesting and migrant birds including nighthawks, Lewis’s woodpeckers, ravens, magpies, mountain bluebirds, and a variety of flycatchers and vireos; broadtail, rufous and black-chinned hummingbirds; Steller’s and scrub jays; Lucy’s, yellow, yellow-rumped, and black-throated gray warblers.
Other Activities: Restaurant nearby.
Ownership: Bureau of Land Management
Size: 54,000 acres
Closest Town: Rifle
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