Cascade Creek and the road paralleling it provide good access to beautiful spruce-fir woodland. If you hike the trail up the creek you will come to some gorgeous waterfalls in a couple of miles. A wide array of montane birds can be found, including Dusky and Cordilleran Flycatcher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Red Crossbill, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, and American Three-toed Woodpecker. Chipmunks and pine squirrels are abundant.
County: San Juan
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest
Directions: About two to three miles north of Durango Mountain Resort, the first hairpin switchback crosses Cascade Creek and there is a road on the left that goes back a mile or so to a few cabins. During the winter, park at the highway and hike or snowshoe in. There is usually a packed trail, so that hiking is not too difficult.
Delorme: 76 C3
Roads of Colorado: 130 C2
Dates of Access: Warmer months
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: US Forest Service/Private
Restrictions: Private property along the road; bird from the road where applicable
Handicapped Access: None