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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Old Woman Creek - Rio Grande County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Northwest of Del Norte, FR 660 loops north through sunny scrub and grassland in Rio Grande County and then turns east in Saguache County through scattered Ponderosa/aspen/scrub and then drops down to the San Luis Valley, making a good circuitous road trip in dry weather. In the Saguache County portion, Bendire's Thrasher has been reported, but Sage Thrasher is more common there and in the Rio Grande portion. Bendire's should be sought in this area in Rio Grande County. Typical in Rio Grande County's sunny foothills are Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, Loggerhead Shrike, American Kestrel, Green-tailed Towhee, Gray Flycatcher, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The barren roadside from Del Norte may be somewhat dispiriting, but keep going. The views up on top are fine.

Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Sagebrush, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
Directions: Just north of Rio Grande bridge on CO 112 at Del Norte, turn left (northwest) on paved CR 15. When this road turns toward a dump, turn west; do not continue straight toward airport. At FR 660 turn north. Or do the entire loop in the other direction from Saguache County.
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