Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

When

The Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival begins Friday, May 19, 2017. Registration packets and festival t-shirts may be picked up from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday at Fountain Creek Nature Center. The last trip ends on Sunday, May 21, at 1:00 pm.

Where

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Black-chinned Hummingbird.

The primary festival venue is the Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO, 80817; telephone: 1-719-520-6745.

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.

Colorado Springs Map with Festival locations: >>Click Here <<

Area Information

Visit the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau website for a complete list of local attractions, hotels, shopping, coupons, and other travel-related information.

Getting Here

Airlines

Steller's Jay.

Steller’s Jay.

The Pikes Peak area is serviced by Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and the following airlines:

In addition, Denver International Airport (DEN), is approximately 100 miles to the north.

Car

Colorado Springs, the hub of the Pikes Peak area, 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

Hotels

A popular vacation destination, the Pikes Peak area offers plenty of rooms in ranges 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.

RVers

There are a number of RV campgrounds in the area.

Weather & Packing

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Mountain Bluebird.

The Pikes Peak area experiences a continental climate. The month of May can range from lows below freezing to highs in the 80s. That said, the average May high is a comfortable 67°F, while the lows average 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 thermometer rises through the course of the day. Don’t forget 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 include in your luggage include binoculars, field guides, a day pack, reusable water bottles, sun screen, bug spray, a camera, and a spotting scope if you have one.

For comprehensive birding travel preparation and packing lists, visit BirdBound.com.