Information About This Location
In this installment of our Adventure Guide, we’re focusing on the Boulder Sawhill Ponds, a loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that often offers up the chance to see wildlife. The convenient trail wraps around the ponds, providing many scenic spots for perfect photos! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash. Consider this location for your next family or couple’s photo session with From the Hip!
The 18 ponds at Sawhill are the result of a gravel mining operation and reclamation project. Boulder Creek, now at the northwestern boundary of the ponds, has traversed the entire area in the geologic past. This ancient floodplain laid down great quantities of sand and grave. These deposits were mined for several decades until the early 1970s. When the mining ceased, groundwater filled the pits. The resulting wetland area provides marvelous habitat for many species of wildlife. The ponds are stocked by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and warm water fishing is a popular activity.
This location does require a small permit fee of $25 but don’t let that stop you from capturing family photos here! Boulder Sawhill Ponds boasts spacious acreage, so it’s great for both small and large families. The trail at Sawhill Ponds is particularly unique because it encircles a wetlands habitat not typically found on the dry Colorado plains. The ponds are, in fact, human-made.
This unique set of circumstances creates a setting that diverges from the traditional Colorado landscape. Yet it still highlights the distinct beauty that makes our state a photographer’s paradise.
Let’s visit, shall we?
We’d love to revisit this spot with you to capture some fantastic memories.
Are you looking for a different location with a similar character to Boulder Sawhill Ponds? You may want to check out Matthews/Winters Park! It’s another Adventure Guide-approved photo session location!