Valmont Reservoir complex
Aliases: Legion Park, Hillcrest Reservoir, Leggett-Owen Reservoir
This complex of three reservoirs is an important birding spot in Boulder. In spring and fall migration, look for Western Grebes, Eared Grebes, and many ducks; Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, and Ferruginous Hawk are also regularly seen hunting in the area. The reservoirs can be scanned at any time from Legion Park, where a scope is necessary. The area can also be accessed from the Open Space offices on the east side. When the gate is open, during business hours on weekdays, one can drive in, park at the Open Space offices, and walk west to the reservoirs, climbing the butte for the best view. Outside business hours, one can park outside the gate and walk a longer distance to the same destination.
Directions: From Denver: head west toward Boulder on US Hwy 36 to CO 157/Foothills Pkwy. Go north on CO 157 to CO 7/Arapahoe Rd. and head east. Legion Park is on the north at the top of the hill, 2.5 miles east of Foothills Pkwy. To reach the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Annex, continue east on CO 7/Arapahoe Rd. to 75th St. Head north on 75th S.t to Red Deer Dr., and then west to the parking lot.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Boulder
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car at Legion Park
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