The geographical area served by the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society consists of that part of Colorado along the Arkansas River from its headwaters near Leadville to Holly at the Kansas border then south to New Mexico and west to the western edge of the San Luis Valley. Ours is a region of over 20,000 square miles.
This huge, sparsely populated area
contains a great variety of habitat. The eastern plains are
mostly semi-arid short grass prairie with the notable exception
of the Arkansas River riparian corridor. The area along the New
Mexican border east of Trinidad is a unique combination of mesas
and high grasslands. The western third of our area is
mountainous, with some of the most spectacular scenery and
wildlife habitat in Colorado. The Sangre de Cristo range for
example contains several 14,000-foot peaks and some of the most
diverse plant life in the entire Rocky Mountain system.
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