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
Restrictions: Bird the riparian areas from the road
Parking: Roadside and gravel parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car