Colwell Cedars Retreat
~ merging awareness, creativity, and nature ~
♦ As you explore these two pages — Cedars at Cedars and West Ridge Trails — you will experience semi-desert sagebrush and juniper ridge-top niches that are deer winter range, and hillsides of sumac, yucca and ancient juniper. We have deer year-round, with summer fawns and does rarely seen until August; and bucks return in late September. In winter, deer bed down in areas Joe has cleared for defensible space.
♦ Wildflowers! You will enjoy a taste ofour wildflowers as you stroll through these three pages: Summer Yellows and Wild Orchids. The first wildflowers to announce spring are usually the small barrel cactus, followed by sand verbena, claret cup cactus, sego lily, Indian paintbrush and many others.
♦ As you explore theRuby Springs Trails and the Cabin Creek Trails — the springs, seeps and creeks of Cedars will come alive: junipers reach skyward 40 feet and more; cattails, watercress and wild roses flourish; with native and introduced flowers and grasses thriving throughout all ecological niches.
Colwell Cedars’ unique ecological diversity is an island of juniper-pinyon forest, sagebrush flats, and riparian thickets and hillsides, surrounded by agricultural fields.
When you are here, you will experience the timelessness of ancient cedars, be awed by old-growth lichen-covered rocks, listen to burbling streams and chickadees, and feel the freshness of breezes.
For a taste, please click through this select gallery , and then enjoy the slide show of August Apricot Eaters.
30048 North Road
Hotchkiss, Colorado, USA.
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