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Poudre River Trail (Greeley section) and Greeley Gravel Pits
Greeley Gravel Pits
The section of the River Trail that runs through Greeley proper is plagued by a riparian habitat that is marginal, to say the least--you probably cannot expect much here in the way of landbirds at any season. However, the trail does permit scanning of a number of gravel pits, some of which have attracted swans as well as decent ducks, gulls and geese. Several other gravel pits, including some north of the river, can be scanned from area roads.
Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Stream
To Island Grove Regional Park: from the US 85 Business Route in north Greeley, turn west on 3rd Street and follow it west half a mile to a T intersection with 14th Avenue. Turn right (north) on 14th and follow it to the park entrance. To other gravel pits: continue north on US 85 out of town to the 11th Avenue exit and follow 11th south back along the highway to O Street. Turn right (west) on O. One gravel pit is visible to the south of O street, behind the Justice Center; it can be scanned from its northeast corner, from the parking lot of County Human Services (take the first right off 17th Street south of O). Continue west on O to 25th or 35th Street, both of which head south across the river, providing scanning opportunities of nice gravel pits and river trail access. Several gravel pits can only be scanned from the river trail between 25th and 35th or west of 35th. Another couple can be seen by following 35th south to F and turning right (east)—the pits are to the north of the road. Still more gravel pits are along O street west of 35th.
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Pueblo Reservoir area
Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Stream, Rimrock/Mesa