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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Alder Creek - Rio Grande County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This road offers access from the south into the La Garita Mountains. For the first mile or so the road passes a golf club development with a manicured version of Alder Creek on the west side of the road and dry, sunny slopes dotted with Ponderosa/Bristlecone/juniper on the east side. Beyond the Rio Grande National Forest boundary, the creek is sinuous and willow-lined, a good place to look for warblers and flycatchers. Past the Alder Creek Ranger Station, the road continues a long way toward Pool Table Mountain, requiring patience and a 4x4 vehicle.

Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest, Stream, Streamside Willow
Directions: Across the Rio Grande River from the town of South Fork on CR 15, turn north on FR 610.
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