The elevation in this area ranges from 13,944 feet on Mount Ouray to 7,036 feet near Salida. The terrain is Steep to moderately steep mountains.
Bounded on N by US Highway 50; on E by US Highway 285; on S by the Arkansas River-Rio Grande drainage divide; on W by Continental Divide.
Access is good with 90 percent of the unit being public.
9% Private, 91% Public, 84% USFS, 6% BLM, 1% State
Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.
The elevation in this area ranges from 13,944 feet on Mount Ouray to 7,036 feet near Salida. The terrain is Steep to moderately steep mountains. The western border of the area is alpine tundra (above 11,500ft) and is
characterized by sedges, forbs and stunted willows. As the elevation drops, the
next ecosystem is subalpine forest (9,000ft-11,500ft) dominated by subalpine fir,
Engelmann spruce, aspen and bristlecone pine.
The montane forest (5,600ft-
9,000), contains primarily ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, and
aspen. The semidesert shrubland areas (7,000ft-8,000ft), support sagebrush,
rabbitbrush, mountain mahogany, grasses and numerous forbs. The piñonjuniper
woodlands (6,800ft-8,000ft), contain primarily piñon pine, juniper,
mountain mahogany, rabbitbrush, forbs and cactus. The riparian ecosystems
extend along all of the drainages and include narrowleaf cottonwood, willow,
cinquefoil, current and forbs and grasses.
Agricultural cropland in the area
consists mainly of native grass and alfalfa hay fields in the Arkansas River valley
bottom and along tributaries
Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.
Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used.
Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters.
If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.
The elevation in this area ranges from From 14,269 feet on Mt. Antero to 7,054 feet near Salida. The terrain is . Steep to moderately steep mountains with some level areas at low elevations.
Vegetation types range from heavy timber to vast areas of grass and low shrubs.
The San Luis Valley is a vast 8,000-square-mile area that provides a wide variety of terrain at elevations that range from 7,500 feet to 14,000 feet.
Terrain is variedÒfrom sage brush hills to alpine tundra. Be prepared for cold and snowy weather during all seasons.
The dominant geographical features of this area are the mountains of the
continental divide along the east and south side.