Turkey Creek Park
Located near the tourist attraction Tiny Town (a good place to bring kids if you have the family along), this park has a nice mix of ponderosa and mixed conifer woodlands, along with smaller meadows and areas of foothills scrub. The lower parts of the trail are excellent for Red-naped Sapsucker and Wild Turkey; with luck, Dusky Grouse could be found throughout the area. More common montane species such as Pygmy and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red Crossbill, and Cordilleran Flycatcher are also present. In the more open areas, check for Black-billed Magpie and Mountain Bluebird. The park is well-known for its uncommon butterfly species you might find during spring and summer, including Hoary and Moss’s Elfins, and Indra Swallowtail.
Directions: From C-470: head south on US 285 for 5.5 miles to South Turkey Creek Road. The exit will be on the east and parallel US 285 South. Across the road from Tiny Town, park in the large dirt parking lot on the east. The trail starts behind the wire fence at the back end of the parking lot.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Obey local rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Lakewood and Littleton
Handicapped Access: None