Deep Creek Recreation Area

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If you haven’t been to Deep Creek, you owe yourself the privilege of a trip. A gorgeous cottonwood forest rises here between rock pillars along a beautiful dipper stream. The combination of riparian woods and thickets with the pinyon-juniper and oaks that coat the hillsides makes for a fascinating combination of breeding birds, and you may find Cordilleran and Dusky Flycatchers, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Canyon Wren, and Virginia’s and Black-throated Gray Warblers all side-by-side. Deep Creek is also a well-known place to look for butterflies during the summer months, and rare species such as Great Basin Fritillary and Colorado Hairstreak (the state butterfly of Colorado) have been seen here.

County: Eagle
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Stream, Cliff Face

Directions: Take the Dotsero exit off I-70 (exit 133). Head north on the Colorado River Road a little less than two miles to the Deep Creek Road on the left. The recreation area is a short distance up the road; respect posted private property.

Delorme: 36 C1
Roads of Colorado: 68 B2

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Any
Ownership: BLM/USFS
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding

Elevation: 6530
Latitude: 39.67819
Longitude: -107.09614

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveYes
Camping
Picnic
HuntingNo
FishingNo