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Camp Bird Road
Description: The narrow, picturesque mountain road up to Camp Bird traverses a variety of montane habitats and can be good for a number of species including Dusky Flycatcher, Western Tanager, Pine Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, and much more. Incredible cliffs and mountain scenery add to the mix. Keep an eye out for Black Swifts, which can sometimes be seen feeding high over the mountains here. Yellow-bellied marmots will announce your presence with their extraordinarily loud 'chip' noises. The road beyond Camp Bird becomes passable only to four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles.
Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove
Directions: Go south from Ouray on US 550 to the first hairpin turn above town to FR 853, also known as Camp Bird Road and Ouray CR 361. Turn right and follow the road as long as you wish. After getting beyond the first stretch, in which most of the surrounding land is privately owned, feel free to wander around in the forest service lands.
Dates of Access: The first 3-4 miles are open year round. The rest, marked by a winter gate, is only open during the summer months.
Hours of Operation: Any
Delorme: 76 A4
Roads of Colorado: 115 D4
Ownership: US Forest Service
Lodging: Primitive camping and two forest service campgrounds, Thistledown and Angel Creek.
Restrictions or Hazards: Road closed during the winter months
Handicap Access: None
Attractions: Box Canyon Falls is accessed at the base of Camp Bird Road.