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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Rollins Pass (West Side) - Grand County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: The old Moffat Road (FR 149) leads up the west side of Rollins Pass, also known as Corona Pass. It winds slowly up to breathtaking scenery far above treeline, including the only road-accessible tundra in the county—several miles of it. Ptarmigan are here, but you will need to traipse across the tundra to find them. Brown-capped Rosy-Finches can probably be found around some of the cliffs and persistent snowfields. Note that Grand County ends at the Rollins Pass parking lot, but the road ends a couple hundred yards farther east in Boulder County. The end of the road has the best rosy-finch habitat.

The habitat below treeline suffers from a severe case of lodgepole homogeny, but there are occasional patches of spruce-fir forest. The only really mature spruce-fir habitat is in one small spot just below the first ruined railroad bridge. Boreal Owls did not answer tapes here in September 2004.

Habitat: Lodgepole Forest; Spruce-Fir Forest; Alpine Tundra; Cliff Face
Directions: The Moffat Road (FR 149) heads east from US 40 about a mile north of the Winter Park Ski Resort, on the south end of the town of Winter Park. The road is not great, but is maintained in summer for passenger cars. There is no winter access.
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