Boreas Pass Road (FR 404)
Aliases: Tarryall Creek
Another backcountry road heading into beautiful montane habitats, the Boreas Pass road is among the best places near Denver to search for highly sought after species such as American Three-toed Woodpecker and Boreal Owl (look in August, especially around the campground). Be sure to check the extensive willow habitats lower down for breeding Swainson’s Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Wilson’s Warbler, and an outside chance at Veery. The entire area is productive for spectacular alpine wildflowers and mammals such as elk, mule deer, and even the occasional black bear.
Directions: From Denver: take C-470 south to US Hwy 285. Go south on Hwy 285 for approximately 65 miles to CO 33, FR 404/Boreas Pass Rd. From the town of Jefferson, CO 33 is about 7 miles southwest. Head northwest on CO 33, FR 404/Boreas Pass Rd. towards the town of Como. Continue northwest to Boreas Pass.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Roadside, gravel parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Fairplay, primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car