· Gunnison Sage-Grouse
Aliases: Taylor Park Reservoir
This high pass provides some of the best and easily accessible tundra in this part of Colorado, and a walk in the area during the summer should produce American Pipit, Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (in rocky areas), White-tailed Ptarmigan and White-crowned Sparrow. The wildflowers in late June and July can be truly spectacular, and a number of butterfly species (some glacial relicts with the closest populations found in Alaska) take advantage of the show. Look for the adorable alpine animal called the pika, but don’t feed them if you find them.
Habitat: Alpine Tundra, Krummholz, Spruce-Fir Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow
Directions: From Gunnison, go east on US 50 to Parlin. Turn left (north) on CR 76 (Quartz Creek Road), following it through Pitkin to FR 765. Continue on FR 765 to Cumberland Pass, stopping along the way to look for montane, riparian and subalpine bird species.
Delorme: 59 C5
Roads of Colorado: 101 F2
Dates of Access: Summer months
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Please refrain from trampling on the tundra too much
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: None
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