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Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Open ponds and irrigated meadows offer excellent habitat for nesting waterfowl, shorebirds, and marsh birds. Upland areas of sagebrush flats and knolls. Areas of trees and shrubs along the Illinois River provide excellent birdwatching and chances to see moose.
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Dowd Junction Elk Viewing Area
Description: Steep, southwest-facing slopes covered with mountain shrubs - mountain mahogany, chokecherry and serviceberry - and small stands of aspen and lodgepole pine. The Eagle River runs along its base.

Wildlife to Watch: Winter range for several hundred elk. Good viewing from U.S. Highway 24. The animals are found in draws during the day, moving to open slopes to feed in morning and evening.

Special Tips: Visit the viewing area with telescope and platform at the Holy Cross Ranger District office.

Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service 
Size: 1000 acres 
Closest Town: Minturn

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Elk - photo by USFWS
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Dowd Junction Elk Viewing Area : Wildlife Viewing Area