Conserving and Enjoying

Karval boasts the scenic, open landscapes of the Eastern Plains of Colorado. The area is enjoyed by fishermen, hunters, birdwatchers, photographers, campers, and hikers. Star-gazers also find Karval to be a great location to set up a telescope. Clear air and minimal light pollution make for a stellar feast. For those who enjoy broad, open expanses of land and clear, blue skies, Karval is a true haven.

Colorado Birding Trail

Several Karval area ranchers have opened their choice habitats to birdwatchers on the Colorado Birding Trail as part of the Eastern Plains Kingbird Trail. These rolling grasslands and treeless horizons are home to coyotes, badgers, swift foxes, pronghorns, Golden Eagles, Mountain Plovers--and kingbirds, three species of which fiercely defend territories along this trail. This trail is full of fresh air from start to finish. For more information, visit When planning a visit to a ranch, please contact the owners at least 48 hours beforehand.

Name Contact
Karval Area Ranches
(Stogsdill Ranch, Davis Ranch, and Thornton Ranch)
Carl and Cherry Stogsdill
(719) 446-5354
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Peyton Place Dan Merewether
(719) 446-5403
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Lincoln County’s Colorado State Wildlife Areas

A habitat stamp is required to enter any of the more than 450 state wildlife areas and state trust lands that comprise more than 1 million acres across the state. To find out more about Colorado’s State Wildlife Areas and to purchase a Habitat Stamp online, visit the website

Karval Reservoir SWA – Enjoy 229 acres of hunting, stocked warm water fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing. Hunting opportunities include deer, rabbit, scaled quail, dove, and waterfowl. Restrooms and shade shelters are available. To get to Karval Reservoir, head 10 miles south from the junction of state highways 94 and 109. From downtown Karval, the reservoir entrance is only two miles east and one mile south.

Kinney Lake SWA – Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, camping, and photography can all be enjoyed at Kinney Lake. The area boasts 354 acres for hunting small game, waterfowl, antelope, and deer. In warmer months, the lake is stocked with trout. Campsites are available. From Hugo, go 14 miles south on CR 109 to CR 2G. Then drive 2.5 miles east to CR 2J and one more mile east to get to the area entrance.

Hugo SWA – Hugo SWA is Lincoln County’s largest state wildlife area with 1941 acres. Warm water fishing is stocked with trout in the spring. Deer, antelope, rabbit, dove, and waterfowl hunting are popular. The area is also great for camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing. From Hugo, go 14 miles south on CR 109 and then 2 ¼ miles east on CR 2G.

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