The sanctuary area of the Backcountry Wilderness Area has restricted access to the public in order to provide safe and stress-free habitat for wildlife. It adjoins Daniel’s Park, a Denver Mountain Park, and the Cherokee Ranch Conservation area. There are no walking trails in this part of the 8,200 acre property. We will tour the area by pickup drawn hay wagon, stopping at various locations to view local and migratory birds such as: western tanagers, Bullock’s oriole, black-headed grosbeak and hummingbirds. Additional possibilities: wild turkey, eagles, hawks, elk, and deer. View the historic Grigs homestead. Hayrides are subject to weather and road conditions. Activity Level: Elevation is 6300 ft. Mostly riding in open hay wagon with moderate walking required.
Meeting Place: Grigs Road Parking Area. From University Blvd, turn south on Wildcat Preserve Pkwy (near Southridge Recreation Center). Turn east on McArthur Ranch Road then south on Grigs Road. Continue up the road, as it becomes dirt. Pull into the parking lot at the top of the hill on the left.
Leaders: Harriet Stratton and Maura Bishop
Registration required: Maximum 15 participants. Cost is $10 for Highlands Ranch Residents and ASGD Members; $12 for the public.REGISTER HERE