(Submitted by Jeff Cooper -- Jun 2016)
Directions: Drive approximately 16 miles south on SR 68 from from the
Pioneer Crossing and SR 68 intersection. Turn right onto Soldiers Pass Road
(gravel road running west). Or from Elberta drive approximately 16 miles north
on SR 68 and turn left onto Soldiers Pass Road. Follow the main gravel roads or
venture onto trails with a high clearance vehicle.
Description: Soldiers Pass is primarily sagebrush-juniper habitat and
becomes a breeding ground for many desert specialties that are rarely seen in
Utah County. Spring and summer are the best times to bird this area due to the
variety of birds breeding in the area.
Good Birds: Sagebrush Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Bewick's Wren,
Gray Vireo, Gray Flycatcher, Northern Mockingbird, and Ash-throated Flycatcher
are more easily seen here than most other Utah County locations. Other good
birds are migrant warblers, Chukar, Juniper Titmouse, Bushtit, and Sage
Rare Birds: Sagebrush Sparrow and Pinyon Jay are considered rare by eBird
filters, but they are often seen in the right habitat at Soldiers Pass.
Birding: Sagebrush Sparrows are most often seen on the west side of
Soldiers Pass where there is a broad stretch of low-level sagebrush spreading
toward Cedar Valley. Pinyon Jays are hard birds to find, but they are seen
somewhat consistently in the juniper areas of Soldiers Pass, especially south of
the mouth of the canyon leading north to Lake Mountain.
eBird Data: |
Lake Mountain -- Soldiers Pass
Rd. | SR 68, Westlake Road
or Redwood Road |
Chimney Rock Road |
Inlet Park | Cedar Valley |
Jordan River Parkway - Lehi |