Mill Creek Road
Just east of Pagosa Springs is some of the best ponderosa pine forest in the state. Towards the end of FR 029, Williamson’s Sapsucker is the most common woodpecker, and you can also find good numbers of Virginia’s and Grace’s Warblers, Red Crossbills, and even Band-tailed Pigeons. This is the habitat in which you can find the striking Abert’s Squirrel, and it is exactly the kind of remote, lush area where you might catch a bear or a bobcat crossing the road.
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest
Directions: From US 160 just east of Pagosa Spring, head south on US 84. A quarter mile south of US 160, turn left (east) on Mill Creek Road (CR 302). A little over six miles up the road, turn right onto FR 665, then take another right in a little under three miles on FR 029. This road goes through excellent habitat, particularly near its end.
Delorme: 88 B2
Roads of Colorado: 148 C2
Dates of Access: Roads not maintained in winter
Ownership: US Forest Service
Parking: Roadside, and unpaved parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car