This area of Southern Colorado is known for its trophy elk and mule deer. At one point I was informed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife that from Highway 160 to the New Mexico Border and from Interstate 25 to the Sangre de Cristos and an area just South of Trinidad know as Colorado Unit 140 that there was 21,000 head of elk. You will find many different animals in this area such as elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear, mountain lion, pronhorn antelope, bighorn sheep, rabbit, turkey, scaled quail, dove, bobcat, lynx, badgers, coyote and fox just to name a few.
This is a “Mountain Zoo” and we are thankful that the state created the 35 acre rule for domestic wells in 1972 as this has created a wonderful situation where the animals still have plenty of space and we do too!
Below is a map of the local Colorado Division of Wildlife Group Units in this area. We are in Group Unit 140. And you can download a pdf from the Division of Wildlife of all of the Unit Maps here Unit Maps PDF
And here are some phone numbers that contacts that will help you get more information
Division of Wildlife Local Officers (719) 846-6951
Colorado Division of Wildlife Officer: Bob Holder (719) 680-1410
Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area Technician: Alan Vitt (719) 680-1036
Spanish Peaks State Wildlife Area Technician: Marty Bates (719) 941-4896
The Meriam Turkey is common in this area of Colorado and one of the largest breeds of turkeys.
Here are some online information that you may also find helpful
You can also email the Colorado Division of Wildlife for more information
Bosque del Oso and Spanish Peaks Wildlife Areas
Bosque del Oso: “The largest habitat acquisition to date for both the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area protects nearly 30,000 acres of critical habitat. Located in Las Animas County, the area provides winter range for animals for Colorado’s second-largest elk herd, along with habitat for mule deer, bears, turkeys, bobcats, bald eagles and trout. Now, as a public wildlife area, many generations will enjoy the Bosque’s open spaces, wildlife, scenery and recreational opportunities. Located south of Weston this is one incredible Wildlife Habitat.”
Spanish Peaks Wildlife Management Area: is 6410 acres that has hunting, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing. This is in an absolutely beautiful setting in Las Animas County and you will enjoy exploring the Spanish Peaks WMA.
Information and Maps of State Wild Life Areas Use this link to drill down to the local State Wild Life areas here in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties. In particular you can view the interactive maps of Bosque del Oso and the Spanish Peaks Wild Life Areas.
This area of Southern Colorado has many good places to enjoy fishing with a variety of species to choose from such as: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Walleye, Wipers, Saugeyes, Crappie and Bluegill to name a few.
Where to Fish in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties?
Trinidad Lake State Park is located just west of Trinidad and offers excellent fishing and recreation also called the Trinidad Reservoir – The lake level varies from 475 surface acres to 800 acres when full. This is one of the best bass fisheries in Colorado along with wipers, walleyes, saugeyes, crappie, catfish and two species of trout. Fall fishing for warm-water species should be excellent until November; trout fishing will be good until early December when ice begins to form. But the ice seldom gets thick enough to support ice fishermen.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife provides us with Area Fishing Reports and other Fishing information on their website at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/ where you can get information on Fishing Licenses, clinics, education, seasons and dates and other great resources.
An excellent resource for information about Colorado Fishing is the Colorado Fish Explorer website where you can get details about each river and lake in Colorado and also those near Trinidad and Walsenburg Colorado in Las Animas County.
This is just a small portion of what is available here locally. We encourage you to explore this area and find you own favorite “Sweet Spots” to enjoy.
A Frequently Asked Question
In Colorado you can hunt on your own property especially if it is zoned Agricultural even if the covenants say otherwise (which most don’t in this area). While it is legal to hunt on your own property it is still not legal to shoot your neighbor in the process of shooting an animal….so be careful and courteous please because bullets don’t know property lines!