Daniels Park is rich in history as well as habitat for wildlife! The park is part of a larger open space, including 11,000 acres that protect landscapes from Sedalia to Highlands Ranch. Covered in scrub oak, this Denver Mountain Park is a good place to look for Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Bushtit, Virginia’s Warbler, and Rock Wren. Birding is best during the summer, though migration may bring a few other species like MacGillivray’s Warbler, Plumbeous Vireo, and White-crowned Sparrow. A herd of bison roam much of the upper elevations, so there is limited access to most of the park to protect these majestic animals.
Directions: From Denver: take I-25 south to Castle Rock and exit at CO 188/Castle Pines Pkwy. Head west and in about 4 miles, the road will curve sharply to the left and change to North Daniels Park Rd. At the peak of the curve you will find the entrance to the park, on the west side; the parking lot is just under a mile farther.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: From one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset
Restrictions: There is limited public access at this site to protect wildlife. See Denvergov.org/parks to view park rules and policies.
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Castle Rock or Denver
Other Wildlife: Bison herds
Handicapped Access: Limited