Navajo Lake Trail
- Dolores County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: It's about a four-mile hike up this beautiful trail to Navajo Falls, the only publicly accessible nesting site in Dolores County for Black Swift. The swifts are best found here at dawn and dusk, so an overnight trip may be required in order to see them. The falls themselves are well off the trail and it is difficult and dangerous to reach them, so we strongly recommend looking for the swifts from the trail.
The spruce-fir forest, aspen and willow habitats between the trailhead and the falls will produce things like Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hammond's Flycatcher, Fox Sparrow and Swainson's Thrush. Above the falls, the trail gets very steep for a short while, but if you can make it up there, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of Navajo Lake and the north face of El Diente Peak. Rosy-finches can be found on cliffs above the lake, and ptarmigan are in the grassy areas about a mile up the valley.
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Aspen Grove, Stream, Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow, Krummholz, Lake, Alpine Tundra
Directions: The trailhead is on a small spur road that heads north from the Dunton Road at a hairpin curve about five miles west of CO 145 near Rico.