Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
Guided tours
No
ADA accessible
Yes
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Located west of Grandy, Colorado, at Windy Gap Reservoir, Windy Gap Wildlife Viewing Area is a convenient and worthy stop along Highway 40. The parking area and a quarter-mile trail are lined with informative interpretive signage and species identification information for wildlife viewers both new and advanced. The reservoir and its surrounding wetlands are home to a broad array of waterfowl, birds of prey, song birds, shore birds, river otters, beavers, muskrats, rabbits, elk, deer and coyotes. In fact, during the summer months more than 100 different species of birds can be found at Wind Gap Reservoir including Canada goose, mallards, cormorants, cranes, heron, pelicans, bald eagles, osprey, kestrel, turkey vultures, loons and mergansers.

The area surrounding the reservoir and along these stretches of the upper Colorado River is also home to some of the oldest discovered remnants of Native American artifacts. One of the chief discoveries was evidence that the natives during the Archaic Period (5,500 B.C. through 500 A.D.) actually had much more permanent dwellings (of wattle and daub/stick and mud) than had been previously assumed.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Wide variety of wildlife.

Cons

Roadside noise.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Covered picnic areas
Near lake or river
Wildlife
Bird watching

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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