ClearCreekLandConservancy

Bison

Although bison do not roam at large in Clear Creek Canyon, the bison herd kept along I-70 (at exit 254) in Genesee Park has become one of the area’s important tourist attractions. In 1914, Denver acquired both bison and elk from the herds at Yellowstone Park, and Genesee Park took…...

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Fish

Brook Trout is the major sport fish in the canyon. It is exotic and more tolerant of metals than rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout, but not a native species to Colorado. The biggest challenge to stream life is from toxic heavy metals leaching from upstream mine sources. Due to high…...

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Mountain Lions

Human encounters with mountain lions are on the rise.  Part of the problem is that deer and elk are becoming acclimatized to people, spending more time closer to people and, in turn, attracting lions to residential areas.  Mountain lions are a particular threat to pets and can be a risk…...

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Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep are Colorado’s state mammal and were first transplanted to the area around the intersection of Highway 5 and 119.  They have been dispersing eastward, down the canyon.  It is common to see them along I-70 and Highway 40 past Idaho Springs, but we advise visitors not to stop along…...

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Elk and Deer

In addition to non-migratory elk found in the southern part of the study area, there is a large migratory herd that winters on the north benches.  These benches are primarily large, open, grassy areas that remain relatively free of snow. Deer and elk do not commonly come into the gorge…...

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Black Bear

Black Bears are the largest carnivores found in Clear Creek Canyon, can be honey-colored, blond, brown, cinnamon, or black in color, and may have tan muzzles or white spots on their chests. Weaned cubs are taught to forage and eat a wide variety of foods, such as berries, nuts and…...

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Plants & Animals of Clear Creek Canyon

Clear Creek Watershed (CCW), which spans elevations of about 9,000 feet, includes almost every type of wildlife habitat found in Colorado. Nearly all species of wildlife, found anywhere in Colorado, can be found here. Much of the watershed is considered to be part of the Wildland – Urban interface, and thus…...

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Winter Sports

Whether your ski, snowboard, snowshoe, fat bike, or hike in the Clear Creek drainage basin during the winter, there are ski runs, trails, and mountains for everyone to explore.  From in-bounds laps at Loveland Ski Area to backcountry access around Empire and Georgetown to the sometimes snowy trails at Centennial…...

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Hunting

Hunting is allowed on numerous public lands in the Clear Creek drainage basin. Please check with Colorado Parks & Wildlife for information about hunting in the area: http://cpw.state.co.us/ Hunting is not allowed on Clear Creek Land Conservancy property....

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Nature Viewing

Whether your hobby is bird watching, wildflower hunting, leaf peeping, or wildlife viewing, the Clear Creek drainage basin is overflowing with opportunities. Take a look at the recommended hiking trails as a great place to start your nature viewing adventure!...

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