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Loveland Pass - Clear Creek County
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Description: Loveland Pass can have all the specialties of the alpine tundra, and now that the Guanella Pass road is no longer plowed in winter, Loveland Pass is the easiest place near Denver to get White-tailed Ptarmigan in winter and spring. Avalanche danger can be a problem here, however, so take care before leaving the road here. In summer, the birding can be very good, though weather can still be dangerous. Brown-capped Rosy-Finch is usually easier to find on the rock areas to the south of the pass, and White-tailed Ptarmigan to the northwest of the pass (in Summit County). In the warmer months, pipits abound and the willow thickets have White-crowned, Fox, and Lincoln's Sparrows as well as Wilson's Warbler.

Habitat: Alpine Tundra, Krummholz
Directions: To get to the pass from the east, leave I-70 at exit 216, shortly before the Eisenhower Tunnel, and follow Highway 6 past Loveland Basin Ski Area.
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