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Junction Creek Campground - La Plata County
Aliases: Animas Overlook
Ownership: None Listed
Description: West 25th Street in Durango parallels Junction Creek, enters national forest land and climbs through a variety of habitats to the Animas Overlook and beyond. The area around the Junction Creek Campground in the ponderosa pines is good for Virginia's and Grace's Warblers and Plumbeous Vireo. In early spring several owl species can be heard including Great-horned, Northern Saw-whet, and Northern Pygmy-owl. Higher elevations with mature aspens have breeding Flammulated Owls. Goshawks and Golden Eagles are possible. The Animas Overlook has paved paths and can be good for woodpeckers, including Williamson's Sapsucker, and Dusky Grouse in the spruce/fir. Peregrine Falcons sometimes fly past the cliff face at the overlook.

Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Spruce-Fir Forest, Cliff Face
Directions: From downtown Durango go north on US 550 and turn left (west) at 25th Street. This becomes CR 204 which in about 3 miles enters the San Juan National Forest where it becomes FR 171. About a mile after entering the NF is the Junction Creek Campground on the left side. The road continues past the campground and reaches Animas Overlook in about 8 miles, which is in spruce-fir with mature aspen habitat. The road continues for another 10 miles or more.
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