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, we are opening up our 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 its land for birding tours and a dinner by the Mancos River, as well as the use of three glamping tents during the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival. Two have one single and one double bed each, while one has three single beds. We are also Eagle Sponsors!
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 before you leave for your morning tours (i.e. as early as you need to get to your 5:30 tour in Cortez). We are about 45 minutes from the Cortez Cultural Center.