Walden Ponds, Boulder County

Whether you are just visiting Boulder or are a longtime resident, there are many great opportunities for finding birds amidst great scenery. Let us pick you up at your hotel or home and spend a few hours or all day exploring the birdlife we can find on more than 100 miles of trails and 35,000 acres of public open space.

One of our favorite spots is Walden Ponds located along Boulder Creek just 20 minutes east of downtown Boulder. One of the most popular birding spots in Boulder County, Walden ponds is a remarkable story of reclamation of habitat. Originally a series of industrial gravel pits, Walden Pond was transformed in the 1970s into a wetland wildlife habitat that has now hosted more than 270 different bird species. It's a birder's paradise with flat walking on trails which interlace the many ponds.

Another feature of Boulder is the many interesting foothills canyons that border the city's western edges. These include Gregory Canyon or the Mesa Trail where we'll look for birds that prefer foothills habitat.

Another good Boulder-based birding adventures starts with a hike along a flat smooth trail along South St. Vrain Creek near Lyons followed by a visit to the fantastic bird feeders in the small mountain town of Allenspark.

Depending on our destinations, we may do walking on moderately smooth trails with some rocky sections. Our total distance can be scaled to meet your preferences.

All of our adventures can be customized--do you want to hike a lot or just a little?  Do you want to see specific birds or just enjoy anything we find?  Are you interested in birding and want help getting started?  Do you have small children?  We can adapt to YOUR needs and this is YOUR adventure! Just add a comment to your booking form.

 Your Boulder Birding Adventure includes:

  • Leadership by your experienced and friendly guide, Carl Bendorf
  • Comfortable transportation for up to four participants
  • Pickup and drop off at agreed-upon meeting point
  • The use of field guides and quality binoculars/spotting scope
  • Tips on how to find more birds through sight and sound
  • For tours five hours or more, a delicious picnic lunch and, if desired, hot coffee!
  • Park entrance fees included

Trips are subject to these Terms & Conditions.


Lazuli Bunting

A Birder's Guide to Colorado by Harold Holt says,

"The college town of Boulder is situated on the plains at the very foot of the mountains.  Within a short distance from the city it is possible to find many different habitats ranging from mountain forests to prairie grasslands and ponds, which translates into a great variety of birds."  This is certainly true as more than 400 different species of birds have been recording in Boulder County (over 80% of the total Colorado list!)

You can get a good idea of what birds can be found in the Boulder area with this bar graph courtesy of eBird.

And here is a great guide to Birding in Boulder County by Colorado Field Ornithologists who also provide a printable checklist of Boulder County birds.


Booking your Colorado Birding Adventure is easy! Just click here to reserve your date!

Half Day Adventure (up to 4 hours)
One or Two Persons for $300
Three Persons for $125 each or total of $375
Four Persons for $100 each or total of $400
Each additional hour $75 for all group sizes

Full Day Adventure (up to 8 hours) -Lunch Included
One or Two Persons for $600
Three Persons for $250 each or total of $750
Four Persons for $200 each or total of $800

Please contact us for pricing for larger groups or multi-day adventures.

Half and Full Day Adventures include transportation for up to 4 persons in our vehicle.  Trip starts with pick up and ends with drop off at a single location as specified in our tour descriptions.  Some meeting points may have additional mileage charge.

You can hold your date with a $100 initial deposit which can be made securely online or by mail. After we receive your booking request, we will contact you to confirm all details and invoice you for the balance (which you can pay online or with a check.)

We understand plans can change and you can cancel your trip and receive a refund (cancellations received within 48 hours of trip start may be subject to $100 cancellation fee.)

If you have any questions or special needs, please don't hesitate to contact us by email, phone or text.

For the protection and safety of all, your participation in Colorado Birding Adventures depends on your acknowledgement of our Terms & Conditions. Please review the Terms & Conditions before completing your reservation--a copy will be provided for you to sign prior to the trip.