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Cross Canyon - Dolores County
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Description: Like Squaw Canyon, the flats above Cross Canyon have extensive PJ and sagebrush. The same species that can be seen in Squaw Canyon can be seen here, in addition to Sage Sparrows. Keep an eye out for Scott's Oriole, Black-throated Sparrow, and Gray Vireo, which have not to our knowledge been seen here, but are certainly possible.
Habitat: Sagebrush, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Directions: Cross Canyon is close to Squaw Canyon and the two should be visited together. Follow directions as to Squaw Canyon, but instead of turning right on Rd U.00, continue south on Rd 4.00 to its end in PJ habitat (about 3 m). More good habitat can be reached by turning west on Rd V.00 one mile south of Rd U.00, then turning left onto Rd 3.00 (1 m), which curves around to the west and becomes Rd W.00 before terminating (1 m). The lower slopes of Cross Canyon are part of the National Monument, but pay careful attention to property boundaries before leaving roads in this area.
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