Aliases: Mogote Recreation Area
All along this road look for typical ponderosa birds as well as dipper and riparian species. The Mogote Recreation Area at the entrance to the canyon is a particularly good place to access various habitats: ponderosa pines around the campground, pinyon-juniper woodland on the south-facing slope across the highway, and mid-elevation riparian woods along the stream. Many mammals utilize the area as well, and you could see Abert’s squirrel, elk, mule deer, coyote, and, if you are really lucky, bobcat.
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Stream
Directions: From Antonito, take CO 17 west. CO 17 passes through Upper Conejos Canyon starting at FR 250 east. There are multiple pullouts along the road between FR 250 and Antonito. The Mogote Recreation Area is some twelve miles west of Antonito on the south side of CO 17.
Delorme: 89 C7-D7, 90 D1-D2
Roads of Colorado: 150 A3-B3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: US Forest Service
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car