· Flat Tops
Just to the east of Ripple Creek Pass, the forest (and birds) here are fairly similar, with more meadows, and especially more aspen woodland. Dusky Grouse can be seen along this stretch of road with some regularity, and this part of Colorado has among the highest density of Northern Goshawk in the state. Watch also for Purple Martins in areas with abundant aspens, and Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows in willow-choked drainages. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the Dunckley Pass Picnic Area.
County: Rio Blanco
Directions: Dunckley Pass is along Rio Blanco CR 8, 62 miles east of Meeker and 23 miles west of Yampa.
Dates of Access: Closed during the winter months
Ownership: US Forest Service
Parking: Roadside pullouts, gravel lot at the trailhead
Handicapped Access: Limited car birding
» Visit the website for Dunckley Pass
Yampa Ranger Station 970.638.4516
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