Wildlife Viewing and Habitat Education at Limon Wetlands

The Public is invited to view the wetland from the trail. BRING YOUR BINOCULARS !
Wetlands Graphic

This 14 acre site is located south of Limon and contains 8.2 acres of wetlands and 1.25 acres of open water.

Wetlands Graphic

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Just follow the Limon Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail from the Doug Kissel Fishing Pond under the railroad south about 1500 feet

Mitigation Bank

Before pioneers settled in what is now Colorado, wetlands covered about 2% of the land. Because of increasing development and human activity, half of Colorado's original wetlands have been changed or lost since the mid-1800's. 

With the importance of wetlands now understood, many agencies are working together to conserve and restore wetland areas. The Limon Wetlands were created when the Town of Limon and the Colorado Division of Wildlife initiated this project with the Colorado Department of Transportation. With funds from the Colorado Department of Transportation, construction began to transform a retired wastewater discharge lagoon into a wetland basin.

Over 10,000 cubic yards of fill dirt were used to shape the wetlands and a pumping system was installed to cycle approximately 150,000 gallons of treated sewage through the wetlands every day.

The successful completion of the LIMON WETLANDS in 1997 made it the 1st Wetlands Mitigation Bank in Colorado.

Limon Wetland Classes

The Limon Wetlands consist of four different cells each with a unique wetland environment:

Approximately 4.2 acres are Palustrine Emergent Persistent with the dominant species including Cat Tail, Bulrush, Sedge and Three Square.

Cat Tails Bulrush Sedge
Another 1.6 acres are Palustrine Emergent Non-Persistent with the dominant species of Burreed, Arrowhead and Smartweed.

Burreed Arrowhead SmartweedPondweed
Additionally, 0.4 acres are Palustrine Broadleaf Deciduous with a dominant species of Willow.
Finally, 2.0 acres of Aquatic Rooted Vascular with the dominant species of Sago Pondweed.


The Limon Wetlands provide a habitat for wildlife. Migrating birds use the plentiful food sources of wetlands as "refueling stations" on their long flights every spring and fall. In the summer many birds build their nests amid the dense wetland plants.

Bird species include: Yellow-headed Blackbird, White-Faced Ibis, American Coot, Killdeer, American Avocet, Mallard, Green-Winged Teal, Spider, and Marsh Wren.

Yellow-headed Blackbird Ibis Coot Killdeer
Avocet Mallard Teal Wren
Additional wildlife include Coyote, Mule Deer and Muskrat.

Coyote DeerMuskrat