The Castle Gate is a rock formation near the mouth of Price Canyon. This formation features two sheer sandstone walls on either side of the Price River, which appear to open like a giant gate as travelers approach this narrow section of the canyon. The hot spot here includes Bear Canyon on the southwest side of the highway, which is the best location to bird int he area. A small road winds up the canyon and it can be walked passing through a variety of habitats including mixed oak woodland, aspen, and conifer. Birders rarely stop in Price Canyon, which really has some potentially amazing birding sites--like the Castle Gate.
Given the sparse habitat in the area and limited birder visits there isn't a lot of data here. The habitat in lower Bear Canyon should hold SPOTTED TOWHEE year round, with LAZULI BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH during the warmer months. I would assume VIRGINIA'S WARBLER probably breed here. ROCK and CANYON WREN can probably be found on the cliffs year round. During the summer months looking to the sky WHITE-THROATED SWIFT and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW likely ride the currents here. Keep an eye out for raptors like GOLDEN EAGLE and even OSPREY along the river here. Higher up the canyon as the habitat become more forest species typical of aspen and conifer forest should be present as well. With a few more checklists from other times of the year, a better picture of the birding here can be put together.
From the on ramp at Exit 240 on US-191/6 in Price, head north on US-191 for 11.7 miles till you reach Bear Canyon on your left and the Castle Gate on your right.