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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Pleasant Valley - Ouray County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: If traveling west from Ridgway to San Miguel County, one might seriously consider taking a back-door route through the aptly-named Pleasant Valley for part of the trip. One can hook up with this side trip from Ridgway, either in town, from the Golden Eagle development, or from 24 Road at the south end of Ridgway State Park (see the Ridgway account). The route travels through a variety of open and wooded habitats that support a goodly diversity of bird species, particularly in migration periods. In fact, about the largest mixed-species flocks of birds I've ever seen in Colorado was along this road. One house on the north side of 24 Road, at least as of this writing, has a very large number of large hummingbird feeders (as many as 12 in my experience) that can host an incredible number of hummers. Though I have seen nothing out of the ordinary (the typical four species in fall, Rufous, Calliope, Broad-tailed, and Black-chinned, are all quite regular and common), I have no doubt that the feeders have attracted or will attract rare species. Please watch the feeders from the road, unless given permission by the landowners to do otherwise.

Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Foothill Shrub, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From the west side of Ridgway, take CO 62 west to 24A Road and turn north and go north to 24 Road and turn west. Follow 24 Road to an intersection where you will turn south to stay with 24 Road and then to another intersection where you will turn west to stay with 24 Road. This road will eventually take one back to Hwy 62. Alternatively, one can get on 24 Road north of Ridgway off US 550 south of Ridgway Reservoir.
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