The city of Boulder, the largest city in Boulder County, lies at the junction of the eastern Colorado prairies and the foothills along the Rocky Mountain. This creates an exciting range of habitats and a wide variety of birds. Overall Boulder County has recorded more than 400 different species of birds (over 80% of the total Colorado list.)
Our exact destinations will vary by season but a typical adventure will start early at 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. This is a great spot for waterbirds of all types, nesting osprey, and many other species. And although Thoreau would certainly approve, this gem is actually named after Walden "Wally" Toevs, the Boulder County Commissioner who spearheaded the plan to convert the gravel pits into a wildlife habitat in the 1970s.
After we tear ourselves away from Walden Pond, we'll head for the Flatiron foothills for a hike in one of the many canyons such Gregory Canyon or the Mesa Trail.
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.
Boulder Half Day (up to 5 hours) is $300 for up to two persons. A third and fourth participant are $50 each.
Your Colorado Birding Adventure includes:
--Pickup and drop off at a single agreed-upon meeting point within the city of Boulder (alternative meeting points may have additional mileage charges)
--Comfortable transportation for up to four participants in our fuel-efficient small SUV
--The use of field guides and quality binoculars/spotting scope (bring your own if you have them!)
--Water, coffee, and healthy/delicious field lunch
--Applicable entrance fees (national and state park) and parking fees (for groups up to four in our vehicle.)
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.
Sample Boulder Half Day Destinations:
Click on the binocular icons on the map for more information about each location.