Rock Creek

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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
Hours: Any
Ownership: BLM/US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Roadside, or unpaved parking areas
Lodging: USFS campgrounds

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car

Latitude: 37.5064217
Longitude: -106.208308

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
Camping
Picnic
HuntingYes
FishingYes