Conejos County State Trust Lands and Wildlife Areas


Sunrise over the peaks
Sunrise over the peaks

Conejos County State Trust Lands

 
Alamosa Canyon
From Monte Vista go south on Highway 15 for 12 miles, then turn west and go 11 miles on Forest Service Road 250 to Terrace Reservoir (Alamosa Canyon). Park and go on foot or horseback through National Forest and BLM.
ACRES: 240
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Black bear, elk, mule deer, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback only
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La Jara Reservoir
From La Jara go west on Highway 15 for 10.5 miles to USFS Road 240, then go about 23 miles to property. Timber activity may be present.
ACRES: 37,908
OPEN: Year round for fishing only. September 1 to February 28 for hunting.
HUNTING: Deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, black bear, mountain lion, small game.
FISHING: Lake, 3 cold water streams.
RESTRICTIONS: No motor vehicles off designated roads; camp only where posted; foot and horseback access only.
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Rajadero Canyon
From La Jara go 14 miles west on CR 15, turn left onto dirt road at Centro, then go 7 miles on La Jara Reservoir Road to property.
ACRES: 673
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Deer, elk, mountain lion, black bear
ACCESS: No motorized vehicles off existing trails.
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Pinon Hills
From Manassa drive 3.6 miles east on Highway 142 to BLM Road 5006 and go southeast about 3 miles. The property is directly south of the road.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28 for hunting only. Year-round for watching wildlife only.
HUNTING: Deer, elk, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Vincente Canyon
From Monte Vista go 21 miles south on Highway 15 to Capulin. Travel 10 miles southwest on dump road (CR 8) from Capulin to north end of property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: August 15 to May 31 for hunting. Year round for fishing
HUNTING: Bighorn sheep, deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain lion, black bear, small game
FISHING: La Jara Creek
RESTRICTIONS: Camping permitted as posted; no motor vehicles off designated roads.
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Alamaditas Mesa
Route #1: From Los Mogotes Peak State Trust Lands, continue on two-track road west 7.5 miles to west boundary.
Route #2: From La Jara State Trust Land go south of La Jara Reservoir on 4WD road to Fox Creek. From Fox Creek, by foot or horseback only, travel 1.5 miles south to south boundary to FS land. Go 3 miles east on FS land and cross both Fox Creek and Fox Creek Trail. Go 1 mile to west boundary of property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: August 15 to February 28
HUNTING: Elk, deer, pronghorn, cottontail, grouse, coyote
RESTRICTIONS: No motorized vehicles off designated roads
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Los Mogotes Peak
From south side of Antonito at Highways 285 and 17, travel 7 miles west on Highway 17 to a two-track trail on north side of Highway 17 by an old cemetery. Travel north and west on two-track trail along north side of Los Mogotes Peak. Go past peak 5 miles through BLM property to east boundary of property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: August 15 to February 28
HUNTING: Elk, deer, pronghorn, cottontail, grouse, coyote
RESTRICTIONS: No motor vehicles off designated roads.
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San Luis Hills
In the town of Antonito at US 285 and 6th St. (CR G) go 11.5 miles east on CR G. Turn north on a two-track road, go 1 mile. Boundary of property is 1/4 mile to the east across BLM property to west edge of property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: August 15 to February 28
HUNTING: Elk, deer, pronghorn, cottontail, grouse, coyote
RESTRICTIONS: No motor vehicles off designated roads.

 

Conejos County State Wildlife Areas

 
Conejos River
From Antonito go 15 miles west on Highway 17 to Conejos Ranch. Fishing easements are intermittent for next 16 miles and are signed.
FISHING: Cold water stream
RESTRICTIONS: Camping is prohibited, public access prohibited except for fishing.
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Hot Creek
From Monte Vista go 20 miles south on Highway 15 to access road, then 5 miles west to property.
ACRES: 3,494
HUNTING: Deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, rabbit, dove, waterfowl
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: Snowmobiles prohibited, vehicles prohibited January 1 to April 30.
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La Jara Reservoir
From Monte Vista go 20 miles south on Highway 15 to access road, then 10 miles west to reservoir.
ACRES: 635
HUNTING: Elk, deer, waterfowl
FISHING: Cold water lake
RECREATION: wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Drinking water, rest room, boat ramp
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La Jara
From Capulin go 11 miles southwest on D Road to property.
ACRES: 2,808
HUNTING: Elk, deer, black bear, mountain lion, rabbit, dove
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: Snowmobiles prohibited, vehicles prohibited January 1 through Thursday before Memorial Day.
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Sego Springs
From Manassa go 3 miles east on Highway 142 to access road, then 1/2 mile north to property.
ACRES: 640
HUNTING: Rabbit, dove, waterfowl
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: Fires prohibited, field trials prohibited except Aug. 1 - Sept. 30, Closed February 15 to July 15.
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Terrace Reservoir
From Monte Vista go 12 miles south on Highway 15 to USFS Road 250, then 9 miles west to reservoir.
FISHING: Cold water lake
RECREATION: wildlife observation
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Trujillo Meadows
From Antonito go 36 miles west on Highway 17 to USFS Road 118, then 4 miles north to reservoir.
FISHING: Cold water lake
RECREATION: camping, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: USFS restroom, drinking water
RESTRICTIONS: boating prohibited if it creates a whitewater wake.

 
Elk on the move
Elk on the move
 

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