Things To Do
Barr Lake State Park, on the plains northeast of Denver, is a naturalist’s paradise with a typical prairie riparian ecosystem. The ecosystem forms the boundary between the wide lake and the dry surrounding grasslands with marshes, dense shrubbery, and towering cottonwood trees. The 2,715-acre park is excellent habitat for many animal and bird species, prairie dogs, rabbits, gopher, coyotes, red foxes, and both mule and white-tailed deer. Birdwatchers flock to Barr Lake to spot over 350 of Colorado’s 440 bird species. Take a hike along the southern edge of the 1,037-acre reservoir to see great blue herons, cormorants, pelicans, meadowlarks, western grebes, and soaring turkey vultures.
Recommended season(s): Year-round. May through October are the best months to view wildlife.
—Stewart M. Green