Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival

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  • Families are welcome!

    Families are welcome!

    How do I register? It’s simple, just follow this link: Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival Coming Soon

  • What if I need to cancel? Please don’t—we want you to join us! But if you must cancel, please be aware there are no refunds.
  • I’m flying to Colorado. Will I need to rent a car? Yes. You’ll need to get to your hotel and restaurants, plus the various festival venues and field trips, some of which leave quite early in the morning.
  • What should I pack? Be prepared with layers of clothing, a warm jacket, rain gear, scarf & gloves, a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, binoculars (and scope if you have one), perhaps a field guide. A day pack is helpful, and don’t forget the water bottle.
  • Should I bring my kids? Absolutely! There are some festival activities and hikes appropriate for children. Introduce them to nature now and they’ll reap the rewards for a lifetime. Any age requirement is noted in the activity’s description.
  • Are meals provided? With the exception of Saturday’s Birds and Brews Happy Hour (from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm), participants are responsible for all of their own meals. Most trips end by noon, and for all-day trips, a number of local restaurants sell carry-out lunches. Note that some field trips leave very early, so you may want to plan ahead for breakfast.
  • Isn’t Colorado all mountains? The Pikes Peak area includes all types of terrain. To the east, short-grass prairies stretch for hundreds of miles. To the west, Pikes Peak dominates the landscape at 14,110 feet. South is the Aiken Canyon Preserve, while Monument Creek and other riparian areas cross the juniper and sagebrush-covered foothills.
  • What about the altitude? If you’re coming from sea level, you an expect some shortness of breath. Elevations range from 5,075 feet at Chico Basin Ranch to 14,110 at the top of Pikes Peak. Most field trips take place at elevations around 6,000 feet. Make sure to drink plenty of water, and pace yourself. Also, the thin air lets more sunlight through, so use sunscreen to avoid getting burned.
  • What birds can I expect to see? Of course, you never who what will fly in during migration. We provide links to both state and county checklists, here. What are your target birds?
  • Still have questions? Contact Festival Representative Todd Marts at toddmarts@elpasoco.com or (719)-520-6399.