This very scenic road provides a great way to get into the high country near Durango, as it tops out at almost 11,000 feet on the side of Middle Mountain. A burn area near the top has been good for Three-toed Woodpeckers in recent years. Deer and elk graze in the meadows, where you might find Vesper Sparrows and American Pipits also. You will be up in the territory of pine martens and lynx habitat, but sightings of Pine Grosbeaks and Red Crossbills are going to be more common.County: La Plata
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest, Burn Area
Directions: From downtown Durango drive north on US 550 to 15th Street and turn right. Then after a short distance merge left onto Florida Road which becomes CR 240. After about 13 miles continue on CR 240 by turning right at the Lemon Reservoir intersection. After about 4 miles at the bottom of the hill turn left (north) on CR 501. Drive along the west side of the lake and continue around the north end to the northeast corner of the lake and turn left (north) on Middle Mountain Road (FR 724).
Delorme: 86 B2
Roads of Colorado: 131 E4
Dates of Access: Road closed in winter.
Ownership: US Forest Service
Lodging: Campgrounds near Vallecito Reservoir
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car