If you list ornithology as one of your interests, then you'll definitely want to visit this structure just off the Audubon Trail near the Redlands in Grand Junction. Access is easy, wildlife is abundant, and the structure is nothing short of awesome.

You'll notice the observatory includes a 360-degree view of the area, including a direct view of the nearby ponds. Several birdhouses line the perimeter of the ponds, giving the viewer an uninterrupted view of the birds as they enter and exit the area.

The observatory is very easy to access, with an entrance and parking area directly off of Dike Road. For those on foot, the observatory can be easily accessed by the Audubon Trail setting out from the Albertson's parking lot (this route is about a two-mile walk) or via the parking area at Duke Lake. Should you chose to park near Duke Lake, you will need a Parks permit.

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Should you set out from the trailhead at Albertson's, you'll be able to visit other bird watching locations. Walking from this route will provide you an opportunity to check in on the owls directly above the trail.

The setting is very quite and serene. Come to think of it, I've walked past this structure at least 500 times, and to date, I don't believe I've ever seen a single human being utilizing the structure.

Grab your binoculars and camera and head for this site. Chances are you'll have it all to yourself. It's incredibly well designed, clean, and very comfortable. Not a bird watcher? That's okay. You're certain to enjoy the tranquility of this site, and who knows, by the time you've visited it once, you might become an ornithologist.