Eastern Plains

Waterfowl Trail

Cityscape to Solitude

This trail encompasses the parks and waterways of northeast urban Denver, plus a large swath of the adjacent plains. The South Platte River and many urban lakes attract birds in migration and winter, ranging from Bald Eagles to Hooded Mergansers. In summer, Cliff and Bank Swallows skim over prairie pothole ponds, and Grasshopper Sparrows lisp in nearby fields. If you are lucky, you might spot a Burrowing Owl peeking out of a prairie-dog hole. From urban fox squirrels to rural foxes, this trail strings together the finest spots to enjoy nature right in the shadow of the city.