The town of Haxtun has numerous large trees that attract birds in migration and at other seasons. One of the best places to bird is the City Park on the northeast corner of town, which has a paved trail underneath mature shade trees. Look for migrant warblers and tanagers in spring and fall, and doves and woodpeckers at other seasons. The wastewater ponds are located just over a mile east of town and are one of the best places in the area to find ducks and geese, mostly in the winter; in spring and fall they can also attract phalaropes and other shorebirds. At any time of year, blackbirds including Great-tailed Grackles may be seen at the feedlot, just north of the sewage ponds.
Directions: From Denver: go east on I-76 to exit 125/US 6 at Sterling. Head east on US 6 for 31 miles to the town of Haxtun. To reach City Park, go north on Washington Ave. and then east on Grant St. for 4 blocks to the park, on the north. To reach the wastewater ponds, continue east through Haxtun on US 6 for 1 mile, then go north on CR 7.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please respect private property
Lodging: Hotels in Holyoke or Sterling
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible facilities and paths at City Park, viewing from car at wastewater ponds.