Basalt State Wildlife Area

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Connects: Frying Pan Road (CR 104), Basalt Shooting Range, Hillside Trail, Kelly Lake Road, Lake Christine, Micro Hydro Power Plant Road, Midvalley View Trail, Old Wagon Road, Toner Creek Road

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Basalt State Wildlife Area

Basalt State Wildlife Area in Basalt and the Fryingpan River Valley

Basalt, CO – Wildlife Area

The Basalt State Wildlife Area is an area in Basalt, CO. The are is divided into two separate units: Christine Unit and Toner Unit. This area is closed to all public access between December 1 – April 15.

Hillside Trail
Kelly Lake Road (Unmarked)
Micro Hydro Power Plant Road (Unmarked)
Midvalley View Trail (Unmarked)
Old Wagon Road (Unmarked)
Toner Creek Road

More information about Basalt State Wildlife Area can be found at:
Colorado Parks & Wildlife – Basalt SWA

A sign on the land reads: (Click to expand)
Welcome to the Basalt State Wildlife Area

This property was purchased by hunters and fishermen for wildlife habitat and wildlife related recreation.

The property is open for public access from April 16 – November 30.

Deer, elk and other wildlife are rapidly losing habitat especially wintering areas, in the Roaring Fork Valley. These wintering areas are critical to the animal’s survival but are usually the first areas on which subdivisions and homes are built. The CDOW is working to improve habitat on this property so it can support more animals, especially through the winter.

To protect wintering wildlife, the property is closed to all public access between December 1 – April 15.

For additional information please call the Division of Wildlife at 947-2920″

Signs at a kiosk at Lake Christine read: (Click to expand)
Lake Christine Unit


  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on shooting range.
  • Boating is prohibited on Lake Christine.
  • Camping is prohibited except during regular big game seasons plus three (3) days before and three (3) days after such season.
  • With the exception of Lake Christine and the shooting range areas, all activity is prohibited from December 1 to April 15 of the following year.
  • Fires are prohibited.
  • Swimming, wading, floating and other water contact is prohibited on Lake Christine.
  • Dogs are prohibited.
  • Off-road motorized and mechanized travel including bicycles is prohibited.

Wildlife of Christine Unit

This part of Basalt SWA includes pinyon-juniper, sagebrush, montane shrub, and riparian habitats. With such a variety of habitat, many different wildlife species from amphibians to large mammals thrive here. With patience, these animals’ natural behaviors can be observed.

While visiting your SWA, be respectful of wildlife, their habitat, and other SWA users.

Wildlife Viewing Tips

  • Vist during dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active.
  • Slow down, take your time.
  • Use binoculars, spotting scopes or a camera with a telephoto lens to view from a distance.
  • If an animal changes behavior, you are too close.
  • Leave pets at home.
  • NEVER feed wild animals.

Winter Habitat Conservation

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) creates State Wildlife Areas (SWA) to protect important wildlife habitat. Basalt SWA is managed by the CDOW and was purchased using sportsmen’s dollars.

Elk and deer winter range is very limited in Eagle County. Harsh winters can include sub-zero temperatures and deep snow accumulation. Many area elk and deer depend on the habitat the Basalt SWA provides.

A seasonal closure is in place from December 1 through April 15 for the upland areas of Basalt SWA. The closure provides wildlife of this area a resting place. Winter and spring are a critical time for many species of wildlife in Colorado. Give wildlife a break and observe closures and report violators.”

Colorado Parks & Wildlife – Basalt State Wildlife Area Map
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Basalt State Wildlife Area Map

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