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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Middle Mountain Road - La Plata County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This road travels north from the north end of Vallecito Reservoir to near tree line through ponderosa and spruce/fir forests interspersed with grasslands. This is a very good area for Three-toed Woodpeckers in the burned area [2002 wild fire] about three-quarters of the way up the road. Many other high elevation species are possible including Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, pipits and sparrows.

Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest, Burn Area
Directions: From downtown Durango drive north on US 550 to 15th Street and turn right. Then after a short distance merge left onto Florida Road which becomes CR 240. After about 13 miles continue on CR 240 by turning right at the Lemon Reservoir intersection. After about 4 miles at the bottom of the hill turn left (north) on CR 501. Drive along the west side of the lake and continue around the north end to the northeast corner of the lake and turn left (north) on Middle Mountain Road (FR 724).
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