The short-grass prairie found here is some of the last of its kind in the world. Pronghorn, pheasant, rabbit and birds of prey are all found in abundance. For the best bet in wildlife viewing, consider a tour of Picture Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Lek. Among the three, the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Lek Colorado Division of Wildlife viewing areas receives the most attention. Every spring, during mating season, it draws visitors from around the world, intent on seeing this rare bird engage in a bizarre mating ritual. Reservations for blinds are required through the National Forest Service, and are on a first-come-first-served basis. If you can’t reserve a blind, you can always enjoy the show from the comfort of your own vehicle.

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