Boulder Creek (downtown section)

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Boulder Creek (downtown section)

A paved walking and biking trail follows Boulder Creek through much of the city of Boulder. Along the way, it is often canopied by mature cottonwoods and willows, making it a good birding destination. Birds that breed here include White-breasted Nuthatch, Warbling Vireo, and the rare Eastern Screech-Owl. Migrants can pass through in good numbers in spring and fall and American Dipper can be found along the creek, especially in winter. Be sure to stop for a refreshment on one of the many outdoor patios in downtown Boulder, where you can enjoy birding with a cold brew!

County: Boulder

Directions: The trail has many access points. To get to one of the best areas for birding, from Denver: go west toward Boulder on US Hwy 36, which becomes 28th St. Go west at Colorado Ave., then north on Folsom St. At the bottom of the hill, just past the bridge, go west into a university parking lot. There are some metered public parking spaces near the creek path.

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: The trail can be busy, especially on weekends

Parking: Look for public parking; fees may apply.
Lodging: Hotels in Boulder

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible paved trail

Latitude: 40.011311
Longitude: -105.265519

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Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsYes
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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