REGISTRATION FOR THESE EVENTS ARE CLOSED. You must have registered for the festival prior to May 1 to participate. If you have questions about your existing registration, please contact Jessica Miller at If you are not registered for the festival or do not have a program on your agenda, you will not be admitted.

Registration Opens Saturday, March 25, 10:00 am

Trip Descriptions



Join an experienced field trip leader for a birding experience you’ll never forget. Explore the prairies, riparian woodlands, foothills, and higher elevations for a variety of birds, each species adapted to its special habitat.

Field trips are only open to individuals registered for the festival, unless otherwise indicated. Sign-up will be first come, first selected for all field trips. Driving distances and approximate routes are on under each field trip description. Trip destinations and/or leaders may be changed without notice.

Roads can be slick or muddy during wet weather, so use caution if we encounter snow or rain.

All vehicles entering state or federal parks must have appropriate passes. Field trips will meet and leave from various locations so please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure to caravan. If you have one, a walkie talkie/radio is helpful so vehicles can communicate while traveling.


What to wear: Weather can be unpredictable so be prepared. Layers of clothing are best, as temperatures change rapidly during the day. Trips east to the short-grass prairie may encounter spring winds. High elevations are significantly cooler, so be prepared to bundle up. We recommend you bring a hat, gloves, scarf, and sunscreen on all trips. Insect repellent is a good idea for some destinations.

Food/Snacks: Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water. It’s vital to stay hydrated in the sunshine and low humidity. Snacks will also be appreciated, especially on longer hikes. You may want to pack a lunch for longer trips.

Optics: Binoculars are essential for good looks at the birds. Spotting scopes may be helpful on some trips and will be mentioned in the trip description when appropriate. And don’t forget your camera! Even if you don’t have a long lens for bird portraits, you’ll want to capture the beauty of Colorado’s spectacular scenery.

Destination Maps:

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