Aliases: Notch Mountain Road
This narrow, winding mountain road covers a wide variety of habitats as it rises up to the main trailhead for Mount of the Holy Cross. Right at the start of the road, along the stream, you can find breeding Swainson’s Thrush and American Dipper. A little higher up are some nice aspen stands with a few mixed conifers; check for Red-naped Sapsucker, Violet-green Swallow, and (at night) Flammulated Owl. Then the road goes through lots of lodgepole pine (plus a few chokecherry and willow thickets good for the likes of MacGillivray’s Warbler) before transitioning into nice spruce-fir before the campground at the end of the road.
Habitat: Stream, Aspen Grove, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: From the Minturn/Leadville exit off I-70 (exit 171), head south on US 24 about 12.5 miles to a right turn onto Tigiwon Road.
Delorme: 37 D6
Roads of Colorado: 70 A3
Dates of Access: Closed during the winter months
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Be careful of traffic if birding along the road
Parking: Roadside pullouts and gravel parking area
Handicapped Access: Limited