San Miguel CR W35
This scenic canyon is very close to the town of Norwood, but feels very remote. The road is well graveled from Norwood to the junction with CR Z39, and runs through excellent pinyon-juniper habitat with Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Black-throated Gray Warbler. The valley floor is private property. Visitors must stay on the road. the permanent stream supports an interesting oak/riparian community with Black-headed Grosbeak, among other birds. Look for several species of lizards and snakes on the road on cool sunny days.
County: San Miguel
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Riparian, Scrub Oak Forest
Directions: From the west end of Grand Avenue in Norwood, head north on CO 145 for one mile and turn left (west) on CR AA42, which becomes CR W35.
Delorme: 65 C6
Roads of Colorado: 121 F2
Dates of Access: Open all year, but beware of poor road conditions in winter
Restrictions: Respect private property
Lodging: Hotels in Norwood
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car