Within the Divide District of the Rio Grande National Forest, winds a specially designed car tour. This lengthy course, composed of inspiring scenery and captivating wildlife, creates an excellent modem for viewing elk and deer. Other animals one might encounter, include mule deer, marmots, pine marten, mountain lions, bobcats and a variety of birds. The amount of forage in the area allows wildlife to prosper. Such quantities of forage are produced through logging which open up areas for young saplings and grass to grow and multiply.
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The tour begins on Pinos Creek Road, located at the south side of Highway 160, in the west end of Del Norte, Colorado. The entire course, which is 46 miles in length and takes 2 to 4 hours to drive, comprises three Forest Roads, 330, 332 and 360. Travel on the best maintained road to avoid dead end detours off lateral roads.
After traveling the first 18 miles of Pinos Creek Road, Forest Road 330, a junction of roads will be reached. This junction, known as the "Chicken Foot," diverges into three different directions from nearly the same place. At this point, the tour proceeds onto road 320, Crystal Lake Road. Follow this road until you hit the fork diverging to Poage Lake or to Beaver Creek Reservoir, Road 360. Take a right toward the Reservoir on 360. This road will lead you all the way down into South Fork and back onto Highway 160.
Directions from Del Norte, Colorado: The tour begins on Pinos Creek Road, located at the south side of Highway 160, in the west end of Del Norte, Colorado.