McClure Pass

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Though low by mountain pass standards, McClure Pass is still an excellent birding location filled with beautiful aspen and mixed conifer forest. Perhaps the biggest draw is the chance at Purple Martin, which nests in low densities in the area, but birds like Red-naped Sapsucker, Green-tailed Towhee, Dusky Flycatcher, Western Tanager, and Swainson’s Thrush, among many others, can be seen. If you’re looking for a walk, the extreme 4×4 Huntsman Ridge Road ascends through lots of beautiful habitat. During the colder months watch for finches along the road.

County: Pitkin
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper

Directions: McClure Pass is on CO 133 about 24 miles southwest of Carbondale, at the Pitkin/Gunnison county line.

Delorme: 46 A1
Roads of Colorado: 68 C4

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Any
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Primitive Camping

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: None

Elevation: 6880
Latitude: 39.12896
Longitude: -107.2836

Amenities

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