Utah Park and Jewell Wetlands
This small park with a tiny pond doesn’t typically attract a huge variety of birds, but the Jewell Wetlands adjacent to it, with its well laid-out boardwalk, has some of the best access to marshland in the area. Look for Virginia Rail and Sora, Marsh Wren, and (with a good deal of luck), the occasional American Bittern.
Directions: From I-225: take exit 5/Iliff Ave. and go west for one mile to Peoria St. Head north on Peoria St. for a little over a half-mile. To reach the parking lot closest to the lake: continue on Peoria to Mexico Ave. Go east on Mexico Ave. to Troy St. Head south on Troy to the parking entrance on the west. To reach Jewell Wetland from Peoria: head east on Jewel and the parking lot will be on the north.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Paved parking area
Lodging: Hotels in nearby Littleton or Aurora
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible facilities, boardwalk, and some trails