Heron Pond/Heller Open Space
Close to downtown, this small lake ringed with trees is in the middle of an urban open space, but can attract surprising birds. Look for ducks in the colder months, and in migration, hope for a wandering prairie bird like a Loggerhead Shrike or a Lark Bunting; they aren’t normally found in the city, but occasionally stop here due to the open habitat. This natural area is connected by trails to the adjacent Northside Park and the bike path along the South Platte River.
Directions: From I-25: take exit 215/58th Ave. and go east. In 0.3 miles, head south on Washington St. In 0.4 miles, go east on 54th Ave., where roadside parking is on the south side of the road.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Roadside parking
Lodging: Hotels in Denver
Handicapped Access: Minimal access