This is one of several wonderful backcountry drives in the southern San Juans. It rises from low dry canyon country all the way up to the cold moist spruce-fir forests where Gray Jays make their home. If you are the first one up this way in the morning, you might find a Dusky Grouse or a mule deer on the road. A nocturnal expedition could turn up singing poorwills and (in the high country) Boreal Owl, plus porcupines, foxes, and snowshoe hares.
County: Rio Grande
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Rimrock/Mesa, Mixed Conifer Forest
Directions: Two miles south of Monte Vista on CO 15, turn right (west) onto CR 2S. After a little over two miles, take a left (south) at the T onto CR 28. It is about 12 miles from here to the Rock Creek Campground, about 9 of which is unpaved.
Delorme: 80 D1, 89 A6-A7
Roads of Colorado: 134 B3-A4
Dates of Access: Road not maintained in winter
Ownership: BLM/US Forest Service
Parking: Roadside, or unpaved parking areas
Lodging: USFS campgrounds
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car