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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

South Colony Lakes Road - Custer County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: An extremely rough and slow four-wheel-drive road that is absolutely NOT passable to passenger cars. However, the hardy and gas-guzzling will get into great spruce-fir forest up near the top, with Pine Grosbeak, Clark's Nutcracker, kinglets, creepers and the like. A 1.5 mile hike from the end of the road will get you up to the South Colony Lakes, where you will find extensive willow carrs at treeline, breathtaking views of the Crestones, and trail access to rosy-finch and ptarmigan habitat a little bit further upslope.

Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Krummholz, Streamside Willow, Alpine Tundra
Directions: From the intersection of CO 96 and 69 in Westcliffe, travel south on CO 69 for 4.5 miles to Colfax Lane (CR 119) and take a right (south). Go 5.5 miles to a "T" with South Colony Road, and take a right (west). Travel west for 1.7 miles to a parking lot for passenger cars. Ambitious drivers with high-clearance and four-wheel drive can continue for an additional 5.2 miles to another parking lot.
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