The legendary Cameron Pass is more famous as a night birding location than in the daytime, because it is one of the best and most accessible locations for Boreal Owls. The best time of year is March and early April, when they sing during the night (but not every night). Playing tapes of the owls’ song during the fall may also be productive. Northern Saw-whet Owl is also in the area, and porcupines often cross the road at night. If you venture up here during the daytime, you’ll find excellent spruce-fir and mixed conifer forest, with species such as Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, and finches. Moose is sometimes seen from the road, as is snowshoe hare.
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Stream
Directions: Cameron Pass is along CO 14, 31 miles east of Walden, and 59 miles west of the intersection of CO 14 with US 287 in Ted's Place (Larimer County).
Delorme: 18 D3
Roads of Colorado: 39 D3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife/US Forest Service
Restrictions: Watch for traffic along the road
Parking: Gravel and paved parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding