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Lone Dome State Wildlife Area
The vireos you hear in the PJ here are never Gray Vireos, as we have spent much effort to discover! However, the riparian habitat here is unique in Dolores County and supports Gray Catbird, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lazuli Bunting, Yellow Warbler, and Western Bluebird. The best habitat is south of the road. It is the only place where we have seen Great Blue Heron in the county. Northeast of the bridge, Road 504 continues up a steep hillside which is great for Ash-throated Flycatcher, Rock Wren, Virginia's Warbler, and other species typical of oak and PJ habitat. If you follow Road 504 southeast along the Dolores River, you will find even better riparian habitat just before the Montezuma County border. By far the best parts of this SWA are in Montezuma County and are covered on that county page.
Lowland Riparian, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Stream
From Dove Creek: drive south along US 491 to the little hamlet of Cahone (10 miles). Turn left (east) on CR R.00, then right on CR 16.00 (3 miles). Turn left on CR S.00 (1.3 miles). The SWA is on both sides of the road on the west side of the river (about 1 mile). From Cortez: drive north on US 491 about 17 miles to its intersection with CR 16 (about 3 miles past Yellow Jacket and 1 mile short of Pleasant View). Turn right (north) on CR 16 and right again on CR S.00 (4.7 miles) to the SWA.
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Hugo State Wildlife Area
Grassland/Prairie, Pond, Lowland Riparian