Typical beaver pond with lodge in Hinsdale County, Colorado.
Although beaver dams and ponds are a common landscape feature in many of Colorado's higher mountain valleys, we don't usually think of finding them in the canyons of the eastern plains. CNHP Zoologist John Sovell took these photos of a beaver next to its den in the bank of a small stream in southeastern Colorado.
Close up of a beaver next to its muddy bank den. No gorgeous mid-stream lodges here!
Off to find some lunch...
Here, instead of majestic aspen and mountain willows, a beaver must make do with coyote willow and cottonwood saplings.
What passes for beaver habitat in the riparian areas of the southeast plains of Colorado.