There's something for every type of outdoors person - from the fishing enthusiast and boater to the naturalist - at Barr Lake State Park, a short drive northeast of the Denver area. Bicyclists of all ages and abilities, nature hikers and horseback riders enjoy the level 8.8-mile multi-use trail that circles the lake, passing by several wildlife viewing stations and the parks wildlife refuge. More than 350 species of birds have been spotted in the park. Numerous bald eagles winter at Barr Lake and one pair stays to nest and raise its young every year. Barr Lake's Nature Center has displays about the park's wildlife and you can have your questions answered by a naturalist. Visit the Division of Wildflife for more information. Fishing enthusiasts and boaters, including kayakers and canoeists enjoy the lakes calm waters: Powerboats are limited to electric trolling or gasoline motors 10 horsepower or less. Channel catfish, small and large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill, wiper and tiger muskie are among the species that inhabit the waters of Barr Lake. Get Colorado boating registration and regulation information.

25 days ago

Our family enjoys this trail every few months. We've had amazing encounters with wildlife each time! Deer, squirrels, snakes, and birds galore!

The trail is just a gravel path surrounding the lake. That si ok. Take every boardwalk you come across as you will get to view lots of wildlife. My highlights included a bald eagle, 2 falcons, and 2 deer that were about 10 yards off the board walk. Very surprised at how much life was in the area!

trail running
4 months ago

Very flat, not much shade but pretty views of the lake. Nice A/C visitor center and restrooms.

Really easy trail with lots of opportunities to see amazing birds. Not much shade and the lake Ayer is pretty low.

road biking
6 months ago

Easy flat trail. Spotted a few eagles and other wildlife. Not crowded and an enjoyable ride.

There are dogs allowed for half the trail but must be on a 6 foot leash. No retractable.

7 months ago

long walk,

7 months ago

easy place for a 9 mile walk along the flat surface of the trail that circles the lake. In the winter there are a lot of bald eagles. Dogs are only allowed on the the north side of the lake and not in the preserve on the south. For pics and more info visit

I did the 4.5 mile out and back. Not very challenging, more of an endurance trail. Well marked. Not much shade so bring plenty of water. Enjoy.

7 months ago

Fee to get in as is a state park. Some shaded areas lots of birds and wild life as well as playground and camping , picnic, fishing etc.

9 months ago

long flat 9 mile walk around Barr Lake. cool scenery. horses, cows, birds, deer, and fish.

amazing. where else are there bald eagles flying overhead all hike. beautiful.

11 months ago

About two thirds of this hike is not too exciting; parts runs close to the highway and along train tracks. I had two trains pass me about 20 feet off the side of the trail. One third of the hike has nice views. It was very peaceful and I only saw two other people within the last mile of the hike.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Awesome birding here. We once saw more than 20 bald eagles in one morning. The RR tracks and interstate are a distraction but this is definitely worth hiking.

Nice picnic area, shade and bathrooms. Also casual walk around lake, 9 miles total. Bring water and $7 to get into the park!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Variety of birds is wonderful!! Pretty uneventful loop around the lake. 9 miles is a commitment and the other side of the lake passes railroad tracks/highway/houses so I'd probably just walk a few miles in either direction next time. Both directions are great - left takes you to observation decks, right to the dam.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Super nice, well-maintained walking trail and boardwalk along one side of Barr Lake. Highly recommend for an easy stroll with nice views and lots of birds.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Nice easy walk around Barr Lake to see the pelicans and other water birds. Can walk along the raised area looking down on the lake which is a cool view.

mountain biking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Easy flat trail that is adequately maintained . Low traffic , easy to get to. 1/2 the trail is not very scenic but for the region it was above average.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I love this trail. Be sure the trail is dry before going out, but the lake and wildlife are worth the trip, especially on the Wildlife Reserve portion. My track showed it just under 9 miles and easy. You do need a park pass, and puncture resistant tires are recommended. Mine have incidents. I show mountain biking because it's the closest activity, but I have a crossover and have no issue on the packed trail...I've seen road bikes out there too but I wonder about their maintenance bill if they do it too often. Saw a herd of 7 deer, hissing geese with babies (I tread carefully, but they still warn at nesting time), birds of every kind both flying and floating. Nice and relaxing.

Monday, April 24, 2017

I love this trail!! If your lucky, you will see deer. There are a ton of birds. I use this trail as my workout area. I go a few times a week. You can make it a quick walk or a much longer walk. It's beautiful and well maintained. Dogs aren't welcome in the nature preserve area, which is the best side of the lake. Ive walked the entire lake, the only problem is places to use the restroom, watch your water intake. I highly recommend this trail.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easy trail to get a good warmup for the season. I do not recommend bringing your dogs though due to the trail being sharp gravel. Tough on their feet.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saw multiple Bald Eagles soaring on this trail

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This is an easy stroll with beautiful views of wildlife. I run it on occasion. Relaxing.

on Barr Lake Trail

Saturday, February 04, 2017

around the lake

This is one of the best trails in Barr Lake State Park. The boardwalk is a neat area to see birds and walk through giant trees. There are a lot of mosquitos both during high water and in autumn/fall when water recedes, so beware of that.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

A great state park for fishing and boating. The trails are decent, but there are only a few that I would consider for hiking. Fantastic for bird watching.

horseback riding
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Good winer riding major drawback are the trains. One area next to the tracks and the other side drops directly down over boulders into the lake. IF caught by the train you are SO done for. Other areas somewhat more distance but about 3-4 miles fairly close to the frequent trains so beware can be overwhelming for horses. Shooting season below dam. Yikes. They shoot even if no geese just to see the horses freak out. Call ahead to check hunting scheduled days. Waterfowl can explode off the lake spooking horses. Lake is beautiful home to bald eagles deer (mule and white tails) migrating birds. People are friendly.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A 10-mile journey for bikes with flat terrain. There is a section that is very close to operating trains, but we have not seen them during our several treks. Deer, cranes, and other wildlife are common visitors on this trail. It's an easy hike or bike around the loop, and dogs will enjoy it too.

on Barr Lake Trail

nature trips
Monday, July 04, 2016

Started at 6am, From the Nature trail going counter clockwise. Got to the 2.5 mile marker the trail was flooded out with no visible way thru. No signs at the trailhead to tell you the trail was impassable. A lot of bird life, also saw mule deer. This is a nature trail not a hiking trail

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