You will pass Weber Reservoir on the way to the FR 331/FR 566 split; stay on the northern portion of FR 566, as it becomes a loop around Burnt Ridge. You'll be on the eastern side of Burnt Ridge, but have a western view of Montezume Valley, Mesa Verde and Sleeping Ute Mountain.
The Ramparts Hills are an igneous rock outcrop; the forest on top of the Ramparts is a mixture of Ponderosa Pines, Junipers and Gambel Oak. As you climb higher up FR 566, you'll notice many meadows, Scrub Oak and Aspen trees. The only animals we saw were a couple of squirrels playing "chase me" around a rock outcropping, but the information sign stated there were Lynx in the area and I would have loved to have seen one of those.
After turning around and heading back the way we came, we found that the horses for Echo Basin Ranch were out grazing. The Ranch offers horse back riding, and these creatures are beautiful. That is certainly one thing I immediately noticed once I moved out here, not just the horses, but even the cattle, are so well cared for. Their coats are gorgeous and the physique shows health. Back in Pennsylvania, the horses and cattle we saw at the various farms looked bone tired, dirty and basically ready to give it up and drop dead. What a difference!
There you have it, a little side trip through the forest and up into the mountains. It was spontaneous and it was a good time; the making of a good memory.