Wolf Creek Pass
This pass is known for its scenic beauty, and much of the reputation rests on the overlook at the first big switchback west of the pass, which provides astonishing views of the valley to the west. On summer evenings the skies near the overlook fill with swifts and swallows, and birders who search each bird carefully should be rewarded with a sighting of a Black Swift from the nearby colony at Treasure Falls. Other mountain birds ranging from Western Tanager to Cassin’s Finch can also be seen at the overlook. Enjoy the view, but please don’t feed the chipmunks and golden-mantled ground-squirrels, no matter how politely they beg.
Attractions: Nearby Treasure Falls (south towards Pagosa Springs) has interpretive signage and a nice short moderately difficult hike up to view the falls
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: Wolf Creek Pass is along US 160, 19 miles west of South Fork (Rio Grande County), and 24.5 miles east of Pagosa Springs (Archuleta County).
Delorme: 88 A3
Roads of Colorado: 133 D4
Dates of Access: Open all year, but best in summer
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Beware traffic on this steep and winding road
Parking: Paved pullouts and parking lots
Lodging: Hotels in Pagosa Springs or USFS campgrounds
Handicapped Access: Overlook is accessible.