Red Rocks Park
Aliases: Morrison Park, Matthews/Winters Park
Famed the world over as a musical venue and for its spectacular scenery, Red Rocks is also one of the best birding locations in the Denver area foothills, at all times of year. During colder months, the feeders at the Trading Post can draw in large numbers of birds, including the full suite of Dark-eyed Junco subspecies, Cassin’s and House Finches, and sometimes a rare sparrow. Occasionally flocks of rosy-finches are found here, though their presence is erratic at best, and mostly occurs during winter storms.
As the year begins to warm, several foothill species like White-throated Swift, Canyon and Rock Wrens, and Lazuli Bunting begin to show up and hang around through summer. Migrants are sometimes found during both the spring and fall, and there is a good shot at seeing both Prairie and Peregrine Falcons if you keep an eye to the sky – both species nest here.
Directions: There are multiple entrances to Red Rocks Park. From I-70: exit 259, CO 93/Morrison and go south to Alameda Pkwy. Head west on Alameda Pkwy. to access the north parking lots. To access the south parking lots, continue south on CO 93 to Red Rock Parks Rd., southwest to Indian Post Rd., and northwest into the parking lots.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Obey local rules and regulations
Parking: Paved parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Denver and nearby suburbs
Handicapped Access: Facilities and some trails ADA accessible