Derby Mesa

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The Derby Mesa Loop, a 17-mile loop along Derby Creek, takes in beautiful scenery and reaches up into aspen and spruce-fir habitat. Northern Goshawk and Dusky Grouse can both be found here, though you’ll need some luck with the former, and the latter is easiest in the spring when displaying. In the lower portions, where the road passes through montane shrubland, watch for Green-tailed Towhee, Orange-crowned and Virginia’s Warblers, and Plumbeous Vireo. Higher up, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Red-naped Sapsucker, and the occasional Purple Martin are possible. Elk, mule deer, and marmots can be seen, sometimes in good numbers. Some of this area is inaccessible when there is snow on the roads.

County: Eagle
Habitat: Aspen Grove, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest

Directions: Take the Dotsero exit off I-70 (exit 133). Head north on the Colorado River Road about 22 miles to the south end of the Derby Mesa loop road (CR 39) on the left. The north end of this loop road hits the Colorado River Road just a little farther north in the tiny town of Burns.

Delorme: 36 A2-B2
Roads of Colorado: 52 C4

Dates of Access: Limited access in the winter
Hours: Any
Ownership: BLM/USFS
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Roadside and gravel parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited

Elevation: 8210
Latitude: 39.87732
Longitude: -106.97788

Amenities

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