Big Gypsum Valley

· Uncompahgre

Big Gypsum Valley

Unlike other valleys in this area, the floor of this valley is not covered in sagebrush. The main draw here is an amazing red-rock canyon mouth with pinyon-juniper forest, cliff-faces, and riparian forests in the general vicinity. Black-throated Sparrow, Gray Vireo, and Juniper Titmouse are all possible, and keep an eye out for the spectacular Scott’s Oriole. The grasslands on the way in are excellent for Loggerhead Shrike and American Kestrel. Black Phoebe is a good possibility at the bridge over the Dolores River. Reptiles abound in this habitat, and possibilities include Western Rattlesnake, Short-horned Lizard, and Collared Lizard.

County: San Miguel

Habitat: Cliff Face, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Grassland.

Directions: East of Naturita, head south on CO 141 for 27 miles to CR 20R and turn right (northwest). Go west for 14 miles to the best birding areas.

Delorme: 64 D2
Roads of Colorado: 120 C3

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Any
Ownership: BLM
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Bird the riparian areas from the road

Parking: Roadside and gravel parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car

Latitude: 38.1524201
Longitude: -108.8855556

Amenities

RestroomsNo
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveYes
Camping
Picnic
HuntingNo
FishingNo
2015-03-25T17:16:23-06:00

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