Douglas Pass offers the only high elevation access on this trail. Luckily the road over the pass covers a wide variety of habitats, with an associated wide variety of birds. Pinyon-juniper woodland on both slopes plays host to Juniper Titmouse, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and at night Common Poorwill, and Long-eared and Northern Saw-whet Owls. Higher up, where the forest turns to mixed conifer and aspen, look for Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers, Dusky Grouse, Green-tailed Towhee, Hermit Thrush, and Flammulated Owls at night.
Habitat: Sagebrush, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove
Directions: CO-139 runs from Grand Junction to Rangely, and Douglas Pass is the high point on this road, 35 miles north of Loma. The County line is 13 miles north of Loma.
Delorme: 32 C2-D2, 42 A2
Roads of Colorado: 64 C2-C4, 65 D3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: If birding from the highway be careful of passing traffic
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding