Scenic USA - Colorado

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Ralph Price Reservoir

Ralph Price Reservoir

Feature Article and Photo
by Kevin Kreiman

     A relaxing detour, between the Colorado towns of Lyons and Estes Park on highway 36, is the Button Rock Preserve and Ralph Price Reservoir. The manmade reservoir is named after a former mayor of the city of Longmont and is a primary water source for the city. The North Saint Vrain Creek provides fly-fishing opportunities along its 2-mile creek side trail before you reach the reservoir. A special fishing permit from the Longmont clerkís office allows you to fish for splake, brown and rainbow trout.
     If you are up for a longer hike, the Sleepy Lion Trail is what you are looking for. Measured between 4.9 and 5.5 miles, the trail leads you through juniper and ponderosa pine trees, and after a few switchbacks, views of the twin peaks of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak appear to the west. Soon the waters of Ralph Price Reservoir come into view and you will hear and see water blasting through a pipe at the base of Button Rock Dam.
     The preserve is home to various bird species, including the golden eagle, pigmy owl, osprey, bald eagle, ducks, geese, great blue heron, Stellerís jays, and assorted hummingbirds. Other critters that you may be able to spot include mountain lions, coyotes, fox, big horn sheep, mule deer, yellow-bellied marmots, cottontail rabbits, Abertís squirrels, black bears, and prairie rattlesnakes.



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