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Like many places in Colorado, Barr Lake State Park is a great place to visit during any season. And it is the perfect place for bird watching in Colorado! Just a short drive northeast of Denver, this state park has a variety of trails and many great bird viewing areas.

A daily pass is just $10 per vehicle. Or opt for an annual parks pass to all 42 Colorado state parks. The fee is $80 per vehicle. Plus, they have lots of fun educational events throughout the year!

Sun shining through the dead trees at Barr Lake with snow on the ground

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Popular Trails at Barr Lark

The newly built Gazebo Boardwalk Trail at Barr Lake

The trail to the Gazebo Boardwalk is only 1.3 miles. It is a great place to spot birds. The 9-mile loop around the whole lake is fairly flat and good for a bike ride on a nice day, and there are plenty of wildlife viewing areas along the way. Read more about the trails here.

Barr Lake Eagle Express Guided Tour

If you aren’t in the mood for a bike ride or long walk, the Eagle Express is a relaxing and informative option. This motorized cart runs on weekends from mid-May to September. It is driven by a knowledgeable naturalist that can give you all sorts of interesting facts! They will usually point out the existing nests to you too. And they may even let you use their binoculars.

Some of the many birds at Barr Lake
Resident Juvenile Bald Eagle we spotted at Barr Lake State Park

Bird Watching at Barr Lake

More than 350 species of birds have been spotted at the park. This also includes some resident bald eagles that nest there throughout the year! Go in the morning or before dusk for the best luck! And don’t forget to bring your binoculars or camera with a zoom lens!

Sunset at Barr Lake State Park in Colorado

We lived in Colorado for five years and never made a dent in visiting all of the amazing state parks we were blessed to have there. Which is your favorite?

Barr Lake State Park: It\'s for the Birds