This aptly named valley provides a good alternate route when driving from Ridgway to Telluride. A good variety of forests, including mixed conifer and aspen woodlands as well as mountain meadows and some riparian groves, can be seen from the road, and a good selection of montane birds could be found here.
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Foothill Shrub, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From the west side of Ridgway, take CO 62 west a little more than one miles to CR 24A and turn north. Go one mile to CR 24, turn west. Turn left at first intersection, right at second intersection. Continue back to CO 62. CR 24 can also be accessed just south of Ridgway Reservoir.
Delorme: 66 C3
Roads of Colorado: 114 C2, 115 D2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: Private property; bird from the road
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car