New area for viewing bats in San Luis Valley
July 15, 2010
MONTE VISTA, Colo. – State and federal agencies and the Orient Land Trust have established a trail and viewing area for people to watch bats ascend from a San Luis Valley mine during the summer.
About 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats roost during July and August in the former iron-ore mine. They emerge before dusk each evening in search of food.
The land trust, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and federal land managers worked to make public parking available at the Black Canyon Trailhead. It’s a moderate 1-mile hike along a marked trail to the mine.
Wildlife biologists discourage people from entering the mine.
Guides are leading interpretive hikes from the trailhead at about 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays through August.