· Spanish Peaks
In addition to providing some of the best road access to high-mountain forests in Las Animas County, this pass also provides magnificent views of the Spanish Peaks and the many dikes radiating out like spokes in a wheel. Practically all the normal high-elevation species can be found here, including Gray Jay, Dusky Grouse, and American Three-toed Woodpecker.
County: Las Animas
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow
Directions: Take CO-12 to the Huerfano/Las Animas County line, and head east along FR 415 (the road is signed for Cordova Pass). The road is Huerfano County for the first 6 miles, to the top of the pass, and then it is in Las Animas County. The road continues down the other side in Las Animas County. This road will eventually get to Aguilar and I-25, 30 miles from the top of the pass.
Delorme: 92 B2
Roads of Colorado: 152 C1, 153 D1
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car