This is an excellent area for wildlife watchers. The stream through the campground supports some of the best deciduous riparian thickets in southwest Colorado, as well as high-quality ponderosa pine forest. Here you can find nesting Gray Catbirds and Grace’s Warblers. The river is also a reintroduction site for river otter, a state endangered species and the world’s most entertaining mammal. Other wildlife you could encounter here range from the American Dipper to the Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly.County: Archuleta
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Lowland Riparian, Stream, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: From US 160 just west of mile marker 121 and just after crossing the Piedra River is a signed gravel road (FR 621) which goes north into the Lower Piedra Campground. The campground is only one mile off the highway.
Delorme: 87 C6-C7
Roads of Colorado: 147 F2
Dates of Access: Roughly mid-May to mid-November.
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free for day use
Parking: Unpaved parking areas
Lodging: Camping (fee)
Handicapped Access: Campsites are not accessible.