· Browns Park
Rising up out of the sage flats, Limestone Ridge is a dramatic feature cut by the even more dramatic Irish Canyon. Covered in high quality pinyon-juniper, mixed with abundant cliffs and rocks, Irish Canyon is the best place in northwestern Colorado to look for Chukar, which are easy to hear in the spring but more difficult to find at other times of year. The typical ‘PJ’ birds are also present, and a nighttime visit could produce a Common Poorwill or Northern Saw-whet Owl. Be sure not to miss the Native American petroglyphs at the southern end of the canyon, complete with interpretive signs.
Habitat: Rimrock/Mesa, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
Directions: Irish Canyon is located in the northwest part of Moffat County on County Road 10 between Highway 318 and the Wyoming state line. The canyon begins about six miles north of the intersection of Highway 318 and County Road 10 and is several miles long.
Delorme: 12 B2
Roads of Colorado: 17 D4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Handicap accessible view of the petroglyphs, otherwise limited