Mt. Galbraith Open Space
Aliases: Mount Galbraith Park
Situated low in the scenic Golden Gate Canyon, Mt. Galbraith Open Space is the first and best of several places to bird the area. A good walking trail passes both dense foothill scrub and cottonwood riparian habitats, eventually ascending into ponderosa pines. Lazuli Bunting can be wonderfully common here during the summer months, and even a few Indigo and hybrid buntings have turned up. Also look for Virginia’s Warbler, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Canyon and Rock Wrens in the rockier areas, and Say’s Phoebe throughout. Bighorn Sheep occur throughout the area, and while they are not common, a careful watch may turn up a few.
Directions: From I-70: transition to westbound CO 58/Golden Highway. CO 58 ends at CO 93; head north on CO 93 for approximately two miles to Golden Gate Canyon Road. Go west for approximately 2 miles to the parking area, located on the south.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Obey local rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Camping in Golden Gate State Park, hotels in Golden and Arvada
Handicapped Access: None