Deep Creek Recreation Area
If you haven’t been to Deep Creek, you owe yourself the privilege of a trip. A gorgeous cottonwood forest rises here between rock pillars along a beautiful dipper stream. The combination of riparian woods and thickets with the pinyon-juniper and oaks that coat the hillsides makes for a fascinating combination of breeding birds, and you may find Cordilleran and Dusky Flycatchers, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Canyon Wren, and Virginia’s and Black-throated Gray Warblers all side-by-side. Deep Creek is also a well-known place to look for butterflies during the summer months, and rare species such as Great Basin Fritillary and Colorado Hairstreak (the state butterfly of Colorado) have been seen here.
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Stream, Cliff Face
Directions: Take the Dotsero exit off I-70 (exit 133). Head north on the Colorado River Road a little less than two miles to the Deep Creek Road on the left. The recreation area is a short distance up the road; respect posted private property.
Delorme: 36 C1
Roads of Colorado: 68 B2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding