Cabin Creek Road and CO 125
CO 125 follows Willow Creek north from Windy Gap over Willow Creek Pass and into North Park. Along the way, it passes through scenic mountain forests and a few meadows with a variety of birds, from Dusky Flycatcher to Western Tanager. Sometimes elk graze in the meadows. American Dippers can be seen along Willow Creek year-round, though they are often easier to find in winter when there is less open water to search. This road can be busy; make sure to stop only at pullouts. The Cabin Creek area is a great little side trip off of CO 125. The lower part of the creek passes beautiful riparian willows and spruces where the likes of MacGillivray’s Warblers may be found. This part of the creek is popular with campers in summer. The farther up the road you travel, the fewer people you will encounter. Eventually you will arrive at areas of lodgepole pine devastated by the mountain pine beetle, but still providing habitat for interesting birds such as Townsend’s Solitaire, Pine Grosbeak, Clark’s Nutcracker, and a variety of woodpeckers.
Habitat: Stream; Streamside Willow; Lodgepole Forest
Directions: CO 125 heads north from US 40 about two miles west of Granby. Cabin Creek Road heads west from CO 125 about ten miles north of US 40.
Delorme: 28 B2-D3
Roads of Colorado: 54 C1-C2
Dates of Access: Open all year (Cabin Creek Rd not maintained in winter)
Ownership: US Forest Service/Private
Parking: Gravel pullouts
Lodging: Hotels in Granby or primitive camping along Cabin Creek