Walden Ponds and Wildlife Refuge in Boulder

by Tina Disorbio
Walden Ponds and Wildlife Refuge in Boulder

Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat is a 102-acre Boulder County, Colorado park. It was reclaimed between 1974 and the 1990s from an open-pit gravel mine on the site, and is named after Walden “Wally” Toevs, the Boulder County Commissioner who spearheaded the plan to convert the gravel pits into a wildlife habitat.

Wildlife/Bird Watching – Spring may be a ways off, but it is worth planning a trip at that time to see the birds in this beautiful setting! The marshy wetlands environment of Walden Ponds is aptly named for its array of native and migratory species. From the Cottonwood Marsh observation platforms, keen-eyed visitors may spot garter snakes, frogs, turtles, and toads. Furthermore, this site serves as a popular spot for birders, who will be excited to view the area’s swans, white pelicans, screech-owls, swallows, kingbirds, cormorants, and ospreys.

Address: 3893 N 75th St, Boulder CO 80301
Phone: 303-678-6200
Open: Year-Round