(submitted by Kristin Purdy)
Description: Fort Buenaventura is located within a mature cottonwood
stand along a curve of the Weber River. Well-developed paths through the park
and along the river on both sides allow good access.
Directions: From 1-15 exit 342 (24th Street in Ogden) turn east. Drive one mile on
24th Street and turn south on A Street. Follow the brown signs to Raptor
Field/Fort Buenaventura; it's less than a block from 24th Street. Pass Raptor
field and continue south. You can park at the yurt and then bird the path west
of the river, or continue over the river into the park proper and park at the
Birds: Belted Kingfishers, vireos, Wood Ducks, hummingbirds, Western
Screech-owls, Great Horned Owls, Bullock's Orioles, Cooper's Hawks, Spotted
Other: Best birding is along the path next to the river because the
habitat is more diverse there. At the end of the paved path, the Kingfisher
Wetlands Trail forms a loop around a small wetland and has an observation tower.
If you enter the park, you can pay your $1.00 entrance fee at the visitor's
center. Bathrooms are located in the park. Fort Buen can be a very noisy place
sometimes due to railroads on the south and east sides, Saturday Mountain Man
Rendezvous and Boy Scout Jamborees.
| Fort Buenaventura |
Nearby: Weber River Trail,
Ogden Nature Center,
Ogden River Parkway