In the furthest reaches of Southwest Colorado lies a 1.3-million-acres birding haven. Remote and mostly unpopulated, Montezuma County boasts a bunch of stellar locals to view birds in, on and around ranch lands, tribal lands, and national parks and monuments. According to Colorado County Birding, prime birding spots include: Bauer Lake (Pond/Lake/Reservoir), the Dolores area (Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Stream), the Mancos area (Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian, Stream, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Aspen Grove, Spruce-Fir Forest), McPhee Reservoir (Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Scrub Oak Forest), and Mesa Verde National Park (Rimrock/Mesa, Pinyon/Juniper Forest), among others.
One special birding spot not identified on this list lies at the confluence of Weber Canyon and the Mancos River Corridor, located at the base of the southern tip of Weber Mountain. While some BLM lands in Weber Canyon offer public access to recreationists, the Mancos River is totally surrounded by inaccessible private lands, Mesa Verde National Park and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park. However, Steve Fassbinder and Lizzy Scully recently decided to open up their 35-acre Scullbinder Ranch to birders attending the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival. Long a hidden spot enjoyed by local birders with permission from private landowners, this migratory bird corridor sees hundreds of species birds in the spring and fall.
Four Corners Guides will be offering glamping opportunities throughout the festival. We normally reserve our four these tents for our adventure tour guests, but we are opening the Ranch up to birders attending the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival. As well, we are sponsoring the event with a guided packrafting tour, and we will be donating a percentage of tent rentals (for a total of $500) to the Cortez Cultural Center for their fundraising efforts. Please visit our AirBnb listings to rent our tents:
Please note that the road to the Ranch is sometimes rough, so if you don't have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, fear not, we will shuttle you to and from the Ranch for a nominal fee. As well, the setting is rustic and remote, but we have bathrooms, hot showers, and we will be offering a light breakfast and coffee to all our guests.
We normally reserve our four glamping tents and cabin for our adventure tour guests, but we are opening the Ranch up to birders attending the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival. The setting is rustic and remote, but we have bathrooms, hot showers, and we will be offering a light breakfast and coffee to all our guests. Please visit our Airbnb Listings to reserve your Glamping tent.