This quaint mountain hamlet is tiny, but can seem bustling and trendy in the summer. You can cruise the neighborhood streets looking for seed feeders which might attract finches including rosy-finches in the winter; and in the summer, hummingbird feeders, which might attract Broad-tailed, Rufous and Calliope hummingbirds, the latter two in July and August. Swainson’s Thrush and Fox Sparrow breed in the willows right along the river in town. This is not a bad place to base yourself if you want to explore the out-of-the-way areas of eastern Dolores County.
Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Stream, Streamside Willow
Directions: Rico is along CO 145 between Cortez and Telluride.
Delorme: 76 C1
Roads of Colorado: 130 B2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: Please respect private property.
Parking: Mostly roadside
Lodging: Hotel in town
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car or side of unpaved roads