Kiowa Creek Ranch & Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is currently closed to the public, and is managed by Audubon Rockies. Questions or concerns regarding Kiowa Creek Ranch & Sanctuary (the Audubon property in Black Forest, Colorado) should be referred to Alison Lyon-Holloran, Executive Director, Audubon Rockies:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (970) 416-6931 (office hours, Monday through Friday)

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Kiowa Creek Ranch & Sanctuary is a pristine section of northern Black Forest donated to the National Audubon Society in 2010. As the Audubon chapter closest to the property, Aiken Audubon had controlled access to the fields, forest, and ponds there.

While the property is closed to the general public, field trips have in the past been organized during the warm months, and occasionally during the winter as weather permits. Check the Field Trips page for currently scheduled trips.

Over a hundred bird species have been spotted at the Sanctuary. It’s also home to several uncommon plant and insect species. A large portion burned during the June 2013 Black Forest Fire, but it has largely recovered. See Photos.

The sanctuary gate is located south of Hodgen Road, between Vollmer Rd. and Meridian Rd. When a trip is scheduled, the gate will be unlocked. Proceed approximately one mile to the ranch house where limited parking is available.

Bird Species List
Bug Species List

Sanctuary Bird Walks

We can no longer offer field trips at the Sanctuary.

Rufous Hummingbird Locoweed, a problem for ranchers

Steller’s Jay

Loggerhead Shrike Flycatcher Wilson’s Snipe
Western Tanager Nipple Cactus Coyote
Bee on wild mustard Sparrow Flycatcher
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail White-breasted Nuthatch

Photos: Aaron Shipe, Jeannie Mitchell, and Leslie Holzmann