Mountain Dell Golf Course is one of the few northern Utah courses you can go birding at and not have to be golfing. Now if you were to go golfing there would be more habitat accessible, but you can effectively bird the course edges year round, and actually bird on the course during the winter months. This 36 hole course sits at 6,000' and is bordered on the west by Mountain Dell Golf Course/ The northern perimeter is formed along Parleys Creek, where a trail on the north side of the creek allows for the best birding opportunities here. Following the riparian habitat to the south, and a mixed oak and shrubsteppe hillside to the north, eventually the trail leaves the course and meanders to the northeast up a small canyon. There are a few small ponds on the course, but they aren't much for birds given the nearby reservoir. The south side borders I-80--while the course is mostly open fairways, the mixed oak woodland is the predominant habitat bordering the holes. There are also some deciduous and coniferous trees mixed in. In the middle of the course is George Washington Memorial Grove--and the Washington Terrace Picnic Area. This road is accessible year round and passes through some great habitat. If you are a golfer, try an early tee time on the mountain course in mid-summer--the birding is spectacular while you golf!
I often visit the riparian area along Parley's Creek during the summer months. It provides a nice easy to bird area, with some great habitat and birds. Right at SR-65 it is possible to get GRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and FOX SPARROW alongside the more common YELLOW WARBLER, LAZULI BUNTING, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. On the hillside to the north SPOTTED TOWHEE can usually be heard, while GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE occasionally pop up. HOUSE WREN are usually hear trilling below, and BELTED KINGFISHER occasionally appear along the creek. More than 50 species have been recorded along this stretch, but these are just the notables. During the winter months NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL are occasionally reported form the course--and TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, CASSIN'S FINCH, and other high elevation species might be found along the road to Washington Terrace. EVENING GROSBEAK flocks have been reported from the course occasionally as well. The walk along the creek is an easy way to bird and get the most out of the area.
To get to the course take I-80 Exit 134 for Sr-65 north. As soon as you exit the freeway there will be a frontage road on the right following the north side of the I-80. If you turn here you will reach the club house in .7 miles, and the turn off to Washington Terrace on your left in 1.3 miles. To access the riparian area along Parley's Creek, don't turn on the frontage road and instead go .3 miles north on SR-65 till you reach the pull out on the right.