FR 139 (Crooked Creek / Keyser Creek Rds)
Those with a penchant for exploration should enjoy this area, off the beaten path in the high country west of Fraser. Once the road enters the national forest, it traverses some beautiful aspen stands where one might find western Warbling Vireos, Red-naped Sapsuckers, and Violet-green Swallows. Farther up, the forest transitions into high-elevation lodgepole pine and spruce-fir, with a few mountain meadows and burn areas mixed in. The ascending spirals of Swainson’s Thrush songs can be heard at most of the willow-lined stream crossings, and the accelerating drums of American Three-toed Woodpeckers echo off the spruce trunks early in the summer. Elk can be seen in some of the high meadows, along with yellow-bellied marmots and golden-mantled ground-squirrels. The network of roads includes some interesting dead ends and some connections with the roads in the upper Williams Fork area, but a good map is needed to navigate them all. Visit the USFS office in Granby for the latest information on access, routes, and road conditions.
Dates of Access: Road open early summer - late fall
Ownership: US Forest Service
Parking: Gravel pullouts
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Birding from car