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Niedrach Nature Trail and Gazebo Boardwalk

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Niedrach Nature Trail and Gazebo Boardwalk is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Commerce City, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 36 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

lake

wildlife

no dogs

Walked 4 miles out and back. First time there. Trail was easy to follow. Great for dogs and kids.

hiking
bugs
no shade
7 months ago

Had a nice little hike around 5:00 this afternoon out to the gazebo. Lots of pelicans, ducks, geese (some with goslings, learning to swim), many songbirds, a fox and a bull snake, who was sunning himself in the middle of the trail. If you head out this way, be sure to take your binoculars... from the gazebo, there's a clear, albeit distant, view of an eagle's nest, where we could see an eaglet being fed by it's mother. There was another bald eagle sitting near the nest. It flew off shortly after we started watching and didn't return while we were there. The mayflies are beginning to come out in force... if you keep moving, they aren't too problematic... but standing still, they are quite annoying.

bird watching
bugs
no shade
7 months ago

Lovely loop for birders. We did end up walking around the entirety of the lake, but this stretch had the most birding opportunities. There are a few wildlife viewing stations along the way, but aside from that there's no shade. The mayflies are also out and about.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail, well-maintained. A nice place for a leisurely walk in nature. Spotted lots of eagles, pelicans, geese, ducks, deer, and song birds.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this walk today with older friends. Was flat, well maintained, lots of benches, and a beautiful view across the lake of the Rockies. Parking lot was full when we arrived at 10:30am but had cleared a bit by 1pm. Bring a picnic lunch!

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Great walking trail that's near the Denver metro area! It is very easy to walk, easy to find, and has beautiful views. I also stumbled across about a dozen dear!

walking
10 months ago

We came here primarily to kill some time and cross a new state park off of our list and ended up loving it! The nature center was full of fun things for our 2-year-old to explore (pelts, skulls, live animals, a teepee, a reading nook, a stuffed canoe...), the mountains looming over the partially-frozen lake were beautiful, and just a short walk on the trail showed us why this is such a birdwatching mecca. Next time we'll bring the binoculars!

walking
11 months ago

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

walking
Sun Sep 23 2018

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!

Thu May 31 2018

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.

hiking
Fri Mar 23 2018

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

Sun Oct 08 2017

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

bird watching
Fri Sep 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.

hiking
Mon Oct 10 2016

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.

walking
Mon Aug 01 2011

This would have gotten more stars if we hadn't done it in the heat of July. This trail is plenty flat and easy but SOOOOO HOT! Not much cover/shade and what is there is full of blood-thirsty mosquitoes. Luckily some kind soul left a bottle of Off on the trail so we were saved. Bring plenty of water-we ran out. Highlights included seeing the train go by 5 feet from where we were walking and a baby dear bedded down next to the water. Try this one in the fall. FYI, the directions that pop up for this hike are wrong. Enter via the Barr Lake Park entrance.

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