Dimple Dell Park is a large equestrian park that stretches 25 blocks from west to east in a river drainage in south Sandy. The habitat is mixed oak woodland and riparian habitat with some open fields, and shrubsteppe. There is a small pond located near the east end at approximately 2800 east surrounded by cattails. Miles of trails pass through the Gambel's Oak and along the river bottom beneath Cottonwood Trees. In the winter the creek is dry but during the spring and early summer it provides a nice addition to the park.
There are numerous areas from which you can bird the park. Since the habitat is generally the same the species you will encounter aren't going to differ from one location to the next. Walking the trails through the oak you will encounter SPOTTED TOWHEE, MAGPIES, SCRUB-JAYS, and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE year round. During the winter months DARK-EYED JUNCO are a common sight. In the spring and summer LAZULI BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and YELLOW WARBLER dominate the habitat. Various other warbler pass through during migration. VARIED THRUSH has been observed once, while other notable species that have been seen here include: NORTHERN GOSHAWK, LEWIS'S WOODPECKER, and EASTERN KINGBIRD. Despite the possibilities here Dimple Dell remains fairly underbirded and with more coverage the species list should easily top 100 during a typical year.
There are 2 really good options to enter the park on the east end. One on the north side at Granite Park can be reached from 2000 East (Highland Drive) and 9400 South in Sandy go east on 9400 south for .5 miles. Turn right on 2300 East/Eastdell Drive for .7 miles. Turn left onto 10000 south and drive .5 miles till you reach the parking area on your left. From here various trails drop into the park. The other option to enter from the south at the main parking area is to come from 1300 East and 10600 south in Sandy going east on 10600 south for 1.1 miles. The road will head southerly and turn into 10720 S/Dimple Dell Road. At the stop sign turn left. The road will jog to the right after a couple hundred feed and continue for 1.2 miles till you see the large dirt parking are on your left. Park here and head into the park to the east or west via the trails. If you go east and follow the path you will reach the pond in about 1/4 mile.