North Fork Reservoir Road
Aliases: Angel of Shavano Trailhead
This road is well-maintained as far as the Angel of Shavano Trailhead. The area around the trailhead can be good birding, with some nice forests of mixed conifers and aspens. The willows on the left about a half-mile before the trailhead have breeding Fox Sparrow among other specialties. Mammals that live in this area range from deer to bear. Camping is available at the nearby Angel of Shavano campground. After the trailhead the road gets rough, and may not be passable to passenger cars.
Habitat: Streamside Willow, Ponderosa Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove, Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: From US 50 about seven miles west of Poncha Springs on the way to Monarch Pass, turn right (north) onto CR 240, which is the North Fork Reservoir Road.
Delorme: 59 D7, 60 D1
Roads of Colorado: 102 A3-B3
Dates of Access: Trailhead: year-round; campground: May-September
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Camping, or hotel in Salida
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car