The Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival begins Friday, May 15, 2020. All participants will need to pick up their packets before the festival begins. Packets can be picked up at Fountain Creek Nature Center on Thursday between 9 am and 6:30 pm, or on Friday between 6 am and 4 pm. Festival t-shirts may also be picked up on Saturday at the “Birds & Brews” Happy Hour at Fountain Creek Nature Center. The last trip ends on Sunday, May 17, at 4 pm.
Field trips will meet and depart from various locations and at various times, so please make note of each location for the field trip(s) for which you register.
View a map of the region with Festival locations here.
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The Pikes Peak Region is serviced by the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and the following airlines:
- American Airlines: (800) 433-7300
- Delta Air Lines: (800) 221-1212
- Frontier Airlines: (801) 401-9000
- United Airlines: (800) 864-8331
In addition, Denver International Airport (DEN), is approximately 100 miles to the north. Please note there is currently a 17-mile long construction zone on I-25 beginning just south of the city of Castle Rock, lovingly called “The Gap”. This may cause long delays in reaching Colorado Springs from the Denver area. You may want to consider alternative routes such as Hwy 83 or Hwy 105.
Colorado Springs, the hub of the Pikes Peak Region, is located along Interstate 25 about an hour south of Denver. The festival’s main venue is Fountain Creek Nature Center, in the town of Fountain, immediately south of Colorado Springs.
Rental car: While some hotels provide airport shuttle service, we strongly urge you to book a rental car. The festival does not provide shuttle service between airport, hotels, or festival venues. In addition, many trips require participants to drive or carpool.
Where to Stay
A popular vacation destination, the Pikes Peak Region offers plenty of rooms within a price range to please any visitor. Look for accommodations in southern Colorado Springs, as well as Manitou Springs, Fountain, Widefield, and Security. Many trips leave quite early from Fountain Creek Nature Center, at the south end of town, so keep that in mind when making reservations.
There are a number of RV campgrounds in the area.
Weather & Packing
The Pikes Peak Region experiences a continental climate. The month of May can range from lows below freezing to highs above 80°F. That said, the average high in May is a comfortable 67°F, while the average low is 41°F. Relative humidity tends to be low, making temperature extremes less noticeable. Note that higher elevations can be windy and considerably colder.
The best clothing strategy is layers. That way you can peel off and adjust as the temperature rises or drops throughout the day. Remember to bring rain gear, just in case, and a hat for sun. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Hiking boots are helpful on some trips.
Other items you might want to bring include binoculars, field guides, a day pack, reusable water bottles, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, and a spotting scope.
For comprehensive birding travel preparation and packing lists, visit BirdBound.com.