Lost Maples State Park Professional Review and Guide
"This 2,208-acre park is named for the abundant bigtooth maples that annually provide brilliant red, yellow, and orange colors from late October to mid-November. Lost Maples is a hiking park with 11 miles of trails and only 1 mile of roadway; parking is limited to 250 spaces, which can be filled on weekends, especially at the height of the fall color season. Maple, West, and East trails provide access to a number of spectacular canyons and overviews. The park operates an interpretive center and a store, where books and gifts are available.
Key birds: Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Canyon Wren, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Zone-tailed Hawk; Chuck-will’s-widow; Vermilion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Cave Swallow; Black-capped Vireo; Golden-cheeked Warbler; Indigo and Painted Buntings; Dickcissel; Bronzed Cowbird; and Orchard, Hooded, and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and Mountain Bluebird can often be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."