This is a scenic and historic road that runs through a spectacular canyon past numerous abandoned silver mines and extensive stands of bristlecone pine. White-throated Swifts hurtle overhead in the canyon, and once you emerge in the north into montane forests and meadows, almost any high-elevation bird is possible. This is also one of the areas in the San Juan mountains where you may be able to find a moose.County: Mineral
Attractions: Historic mines
Habitat: Cliff Face, Stream, Aspen Grove, Mixed Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow
Directions: FR 503 is the continuation of Main Street in Creede, and goes north for 7.5 miles before becoming a four-wheel drive road.
Delorme: 78 A2-B2
Roads of Colorado: 132 C1, 116 C4
Dates of Access: Summer
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Beware poor road conditions after snow or rain.
Lodging: Some primitive camping, or hotels in Creede
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car