This scenic out-of-the-way spot features picnic sites, interpretive signs and rock art. For birds, the main attraction of this medium sized canyon are the two permanent springs at the bottom of the canyon about a mile from the parking area. The riparian habitat here could attract migrants in season. Almost every regular southeast dryland species occurs here, including Eastern Phoebe by the water, nesting Great Horned Owl, and Common Poorwill. The habitat here includes, in addition to the springs, pinyon-juniper, rimrock and cliffs and extensive cholla grasslands with pronghorn, jackrabbits, coyotes and box turtles. Four hiking trails provide access to all the habitats.
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Rimrock, Cliff Face, Cholla, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
Directions: From La Junta, head south on CO 109 to GR 802 (David Canyon Road) and turn right (southwest). About a mile and a half from CO 109, turn left (south) onto GR 31. The parking lot is a mile south at the end of the road.
Delorme: 100 A3
Roads of Colorado: 140 B2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Tent camping in the parking lot only
Other Wildlife: herpetiles
Handicapped Access: Easy walking trail
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