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Simon Canyon, Cottonwood Campground
Two neighboring areas provide visitors with different aspects of the same cottonwood riverside habitat. Cottonwood Campground is park like, with green grass, mostly paved access, and many amenities, while Simon Canyon is more remote, allows backpacking and horses, and offers a hiking trail to a ...
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Edward Sargent Wildlife Management Area
Description: The edges of this lush basin rise up to meet thickly forested hills and rugged Chama Peak. A small trout stream, the Rio Chamita, flows through the site. Follow the level dirt road on foot, horseback, or mountain bike about 10 miles to the Colorado border, or turn right onto a graded dirt road-about 3.5 miles for the entrance-that leads to Nabor Lake, a small reservoir. Keep to the left as the road forks. Closed to all vehicle travel. Visitors should bring water.

Wildlife to Watch: Excellent dawn/dusk viewing of elk, with best viewing dates July 1 through mid-September. Frequent glimpses of mule deer, coyote, porcupine, and black bear; resident mountain lion and snowshoe hare are rarely seen. Common summer birds include the American Kestrel, mountain bluebird, broad-tailed and black-chinned hummingbird, northern flicker, Steller’s jay, Clark’s nutcracker, mountain chickadee, brown creeper, warbling vireo, common nighthawk, red-winged blackbird, and northern shrike. Occasional wild turkey or blue grouse. Look for beaver sign and western chorus frogs at Nabor Lake and along the Rio Chamita.

Special Tips: WILDLIFE VIEWING NOT RECOMMENDED DURING ELK HUNTS, OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER.

Ownership: New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Chama

Facilities:
ParkingTent CampingHorse Trails

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummer

Black Bear - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
At the north end of Chama, turn left onto First Street at the Chama Medical Clinic sign. Go 1 block, then turn right on Pine Avenue, which becomes gravel after 1 mile. After 200 yards, watch for two iron gates. If first iron gate is locked, the area is closed to all access; second gate down the road remains locked year-round. There is horse and bike access to the left of the second gate.

For more information call (505) 756-2585 or 841-8881.

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Edward Sargent Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area