Cholla stands in western Crowley County
Western Crowley County contains one of Colorado’s best examples of the semidesert shrubland habitat, which is dominated by the spiny cholla tree cactus, a plant that looks like it belongs in Southern Arizona. And maybe it does–because in the cholla occur birds more commonly associated with Arizona than Colorado: Scaled Quail, Curve-billed Thrasher, and if you’re lucky, Greater Roadrunner. A few Mountain Plover breed in this area too, just to remind you you’re in Colorado. Jackrabbits and Pronghorns are plentiful in this area.
Habitat: Cholla, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: From the town of Ordway, head north on CO 71 to the north end of town, about 0.75 miles north of CO 96, and turn left (west) on CR H. Follow CR H eight miles west to a T intersection with CR 10. Turn right (north) and bird along CR 10 for the next twelve miles or so. Turn left (west) onto CR V and then in two miles right (north) again onto CR 8 to continue along the route described here.
Delorme: 98 C2
Roads of Colorado: 123 E1, 107 E4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Ownership: Private (public road)
Restrictions: Beware fast-moving traffic on rural roads
Lodging: Hotel in Ordway
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car