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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible Hall Ranch Open Space - Boulder County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: South of Lyons, this open space is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. The trail starts out in dry foothill scrub good for Western Scrub-Jay, Rock and Canyon Wrens, and winter flocks of juncos; with luck you may turn up a Bushtit or ten. During their late-summer post-breeding dispersal, Sage Thrashers show up around the parking lot, often in numbers, but they are rarely seen here at other times of year. After more than a mile the trail finally ascends into the lower ponderosa belt, although junipers and other dryland shrubs remain prevalent. The intrepid might be rewarded with a Western Bluebird or a Pinyon Jay.

Habitat: Foothill Shrub, Ponderosa Forest
Directions: From Longmont or Boulder, head west on CO 66 or US 36, respectively, to the town of Lyons. Proceed through downtown Lyons and turn left at the T intersection to stay on CO 7 west. The parking lot for Hall Ranch is a few miles outside Lyons, on the right (north) side of the road.
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