If you’re based out of Craig, this mountain just to the north is probably the best place to find pinyon-juniper habitat. A variety of hiking and biking trails crisscross the mountain, and with a 4×4 you can access more remote parts as well. Any of the ‘PJ’ birds are possible, including Pinyon Jay, Juniper Titmouse, and Black-throated Gray Warbler. There are some patches of montane shrubland where Virginia’s Warbler and Lazuli Bunting, among others, can be found.
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Foothill Shrub
Directions: To reach Cedar Mountain turn north from Highway 40 (Victory Way) onto CR 7 from the west side of Craig. Travel about 6 miles on CR 7 to the turnoff (right turn) to Cedar Mountain (if you reach the CR 31 intersection, you have gone about a mile too far).
Delorme: 15 D5
Roads of Colorado: 35 E3
Dates of Access: Open all year, daylight hours
Hours: Daylight hours
Parking: Gravel parking area
Handicapped Access: None