Eastern Plains

Kingbird Trail

Birding the Black Forest

Those visiting Denver with a hankering to experience the high plains need look no farther. These rolling grasslands and treeless horizons are home to coyotes, badgers, swift foxes, pronghorns, Golden Eagles, Mountain Plovers–and kingbirds, three species of which fiercely defend territories along this trail. It’s not all treeless, however–the western portion of this trail runs through the Black Forest region, where Ponderosa Pines tower proudly over the plains atop eroded bluffs and ridges, and Red Squirrels chide Steller’s Jays and bluebirds for imaginary offenses. This trail is full of fresh air from start to finish.