Stearns Lake

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Stearns Lake

Aliases: Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm, Rock Creek Trail

Stearns Lake attracts waterfowl between fall and spring, sometimes including geese by the thousands. Savannah Sparrows forage along the shoreline in fall. Large trees in the vicinity are likely to feature Swainson’s Hawks in summer and Bald Eagles in winter. Follow Rock Creek Trail for access to the surrounding fields, home to meadowlarks and a few Ring-necked Pheasants, which are very local in the area. Coyotes are also regularly seen here. Some trails may be closed seasonally to protect nesting Bald Eagles.

County: Boulder

Directions: From US 36: exit at Wadsworth/CO 121/US 287 and go north towards Broomfield. In approximately 3 miles, head west on Dillon Rd. In 1 mile, go south on 104th St. and another mile to the parking lot, on the east.

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: County
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Please follow all rules and regulations

Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Broomfield

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible trails

Latitude: 39.947107
Longitude: -105.109190

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Geese on Stearns Lake
Bald Eagle in a tree at Stearns Lake
View of mountains and Rock Creek Trail


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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