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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Embargo Creek - Rio Grande County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This route probes the southern end of the La Garita Mountains. It passes through ranch country in the first few miles, with scattered cottonwood/aspen and pinyon/juniper growth. Small ponds host waterfowl such as Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, American Wigeon and teal. As the route gradually climbs, listen for Northern Oriole and Warbling Vireo. Cathedral Rock Campground is in coniferous forest, where Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees take over.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Pond/Lake/Stream, Aspen Grove, Mixed Conifer Forest
Directions: On the north side of the Rio Grande at the Hanna Ranch east of South Fork, turn north from CR 15 onto FR 650 and then FR 640. (These roads continue into Saguache County; FR 640 reenters Rio Grande briefly after a few miles.)
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