This scenic road follows the Yampa River, with a healthy riparian corridor and wet fields on one side, and drier sage and montane shrubland on the other. Look in the wet fields for migrant Sandhill Cranes in season, as well as Great Horned Owls, Bald Eagles, and Lazuli Buntings. The shrubland can have Green-tailed Towhee, Loggerhead Shrike, Virginia’s Warbler, and occasionally Sharp-tailed Grouse. Mule deer are common to abundant in the area.
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Wet Meadow, Stream, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From Steamboat Springs take US 40 west to CR 70 at the Yampa River crossing (five miles east of Hayden). The Bottoms are along this road north of US 40.
Delorme: 15 D7, 16 D1
Roads of Colorado: 36 B3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: Respect private property; bird from the road
Parking: Roadside parking
Handicapped Access: Car birding