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Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat

Boulder

Denver Metro Area, Colorado

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  • View of Colorado's Front Range from Walden Ponds.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  •  Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) at Waldon Ponds' Cottonwood Marsh.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata).- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat with Boulder's Flatirons in the distance.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Day use and parking area at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Trailhead at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Vault toilet facilities at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Picnic shelter at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Sandbar willow (Salix exigua) at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Interpretive kiosk at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Whorled milkweed (Asclepias subverticillata).- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum).- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Duck Pond Trail at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Trail system at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • View west across Bass Pond at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Hiking at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Bird watching group at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Kansas sunflower (Helianthus annuus) at Duck Pond.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • View of Colorado's Front Range from Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Unidentified flower species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
  • Trail system at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat.- Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Kid-friendly.
Cons: 
Adjacent to industrial area.
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Region:
Denver Metro Area, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
10.00 ft (3.05 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Total Distance: 
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,140.00 ft (1,566.67 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat is renowned among Boulder area bird watchers for its diversity of migratory waterfowl and other native birds. It is also a place for wildflower enthusiasts and any general lovers of nature. 

Reclaimed gravel pit mines from the 1960s are now ecologically restored to healthy wetlands. Ongoing restoration since the 1970s has left its former condition nearly unimaginable, but the adjacent manufacturing park is a reminder of the site's industrial legacy.

Today, it is an oasis of diversity as a wildlife sanctuary. A small network of trails weave around the numerous ponds, including Wally Toevs Pond, Cottonwood Marsh, and others. There are plenty of viewing platforms, interpretive signs, benches, and shelters along the way. Don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars for enhanced viewing.

Aside from the numerous birds, you may spot frogs, turtles, bluegill, carp, bass, gartersnakes, rabbits, beavers, muskrats, deer, coyotes, or even moose. Animals in this area have become accustomed to seeing people. Don't be tempted to approach too close or feed them, because they should remain wild. Be sure to look up, around, and down for all the area's natural residents, and to gaze across town at magnificent views of the mountains and the Flatirons.

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