Castle Creek will give you nearly everything you would find at Maroon Lake, minus the heavy traffic. While the views may not be as world famous, they certainly aren’t too shabby, and bird-wise you’ll find many of the same species. Look for MacGillivray’s Warbler, Lincoln’s and Fox Sparrows, American Dipper, Steller’s and Gray Jays, and various finch species.
Habitat: Foothill Shrub, Lowland Riparian, Spruce-Fir Forest, Aspen Grove
Directions: At the Highway 82 round-about proceed to the Castle Creek exit (south side of round-about) To the end of the valley is about 18 miles.
Delorme: 45 A7
Roads of Colorado: 84 B1-A2
Dates of Access: Closed during the winter months
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Respect private property and bird from the road in areas posted as such
Parking: Roadside and gravel parking areas
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding