If you can get to this scenic piece of BLM canyonland early on a summer morning, you’re likely to encounter Broad-tailed and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Cassin’s Kingbird, Gray and Ash-throated Flycatchers, Pinyon Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Bushtit and Juniper Titmouse, in addition to several kinds of snakes, lizards and butterflies. Mammals include mule deer, ground squirrels, coyotes and elk. By mid-morning, however, this area becomes very popular with ATVs and horseback riders, and it is harder to find wildlife after that.
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest
Directions: The tiny town of Texas Creek is along US 50 about 25 miles west of Canon City. In town, turn north onto Texas Creek Gulch road (CR 27). There is a BLM parking lot about a mile from the highway.
Delorme: 71 A6
Roads of Colorado: 103 F4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: Beware ATV and horse traffic
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Free primitive camping
Handicapped Access: Limited