Eastern Plains

The Trails

Explore Wild Colorado!

The Colorado Birding Trail links outdoor recreation sites, both public and private, into a network through a designated driving route. There are 20 trails on the Eastern Plains containing a variety of sites where you can view watchable wildlife. Some trails include hiking or walking paths where you can observe different wildlife and scenery. Start your adventure today and explore wild Colorado!

UPDATE: A valid hunting or fishing license is required for everyone 18 or older accessing any state wildlife area. Beginning May 1, 2021, a valid hunting or fishing license OR SWA pass is required for everyone 16 or older accessing any state wildlife area.

Please note: As of April 2021, We have a group of dedicated volunteers currently updating the sites listed on the Colorado Birding Trail. Some private lands or bird tours may no longer exist or be open to the public, so be sure to check on the site/event before heading out.

Trails on the Eastern Plains

Cache la Poudre
This trail, based in Fort Collins, allows easy access to almost every habitat in northern Colorado, from high-elevation forest to high-quality shortgrass prairie. Some of the sites here are right in the middle of town; some are breathtakingly remote.

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Castlewood
Just south and west of Denver are some “roads less traveled” that traverse scenic canyons, oak scrublands, conifer forests, and old burn scars in the foothills. This trail is for those who want to get off the beaten path without traveling far.

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Comanche
Some places on the plains are an acquired taste, but this is not one of them. This is what Southeast Colorado is all about.

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Flatirons
Thanks to decades of open space preservation and land conservation, the Boulder area is packed with places to view wildlife. Boulderites love the outdoors, and if you come to visit, you’ll immediately see why.

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Greater Prairie-Chicken
Whooping and cackling like fiends, leaping into the air and puffing out their inflatable necks like frogs, the male Greater Prairie-Chickens put on a show each spring unrivaled in the animal kingdom.

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Kingbird
Those visiting Denver with a hankering to experience the high plains need look no farther. This trail is full of fresh air from start to finish.

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Mile High
Denver, the Mile High City, is famous as the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and as the capital city of Colorado. It also has an excellent system of parks and natural areas that make it possible to find nature right in town.

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Pawnee
This lush prairie is home to seasonal wetlands, dramatic buttes, and some of the most famous migrant traps in Colorado. It is rightly one of the most popular wildlife watching destinations in the stat