In compliance with current COVID-19 restrictions, all festival participants are required to wear a mask, practice safe physical distancing (remain 6 feet apart) and we do not recommend carpooling unless it is with family members, someone you know well or who has been vaccinated. You may notice different participant numbers for each field trip. This could be due to the different city or county restrictions or at the leader’s request. Please be aware festival events may be cancelled if the COVID-19 restriction level changes.
The website will go live on March 12, 2021. Early Bird registration will open on March 27, 2021, at 10:00am.
The Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival begins Friday, May 14, 2021. 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 4 pm, or on Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. Festival t-shirts may also be picked up on Saturday at the “Birds & Brews” Happy Hour at Bear Creek Regional Park Headquarters building. The last trip ends on Sunday, May 16, at 4 pm.
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.
Explore the Visit Colorado Springs website for a complete list of local attractions, hotels, shopping, coupons, and other travel-related information.
- American Airlines: (800) 433-7300
- Delta Air Lines: (800) 221-1212
- Frontier Airlines: (801) 401-9000
- United Airlines: (800) 864-8331
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 caravan.
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 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.