Mad Creek Trail
This trail not far outside of Steamboat is a good place to experience the montane shrubland that dominates the lower slopes in the area. Following Mad Creek, but usually high above it, the trail provides opportunities to see species like Green-tailed Towhee, Virginia’s Warbler, Steller’s Jay, and Mountain Bluebird in the Gambel Oak woodland, and American Dippers on the creek below. Garter snakes are sometimes seen here.
Habitat: Scrub Oak Forest, Stream
Directions: From Steamboat Springs, go west on US 40 to CO 129 and turn right (north) toward Clark; at about 5.5 miles look for the marked parking lot on the right.
Delorme: 16 D2-D3
Roads of Colorado: 37 D2-D3
Dates of Access: Closed during the winter
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Watch for mountain bikers and horses on the trail
Parking: Gravel parking area
Handicapped Access: None