An area of historical importance managed by the BLM, the ‘pintado’ in the name refers to the abundant Native American petroglyphs that dot the area. A number of pullouts, with interpretive signs, dot the area long C-139. These are all fun to look at, but the best spot for birding is the Cow Canyon site, which involves driving a couple of miles off the highway and into semi-desert shrubland and pinyon-juniper woodland. Watch especially for Black-throated Sparrow, Pinyon Jay, Juniper Titmouse, and the usual suite of dry country birds. Canyon Wrens and White-throated Swifts are common on the canyon walls, and lizards and snakes are common during the summer.
County: Rio Blanco
Dates of Access: Open all year
Parking: Gravel and paved parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding and access to petroglyph view points