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​​​​​​Spring Viewing Opportunities!

Ute Mountain - Mesa Verde Birding Festival - Cortez (May 6 - 10) 
The four day event includes tours of local sites, presentations and a bird-oriented art show. For a schedule and registration form, visit the festival's website.

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival - Prairie to Peak - Colo. Springs (May 8 - 10) 
Registrants can visit working cattle ranches, observe bird banding demonstrations, enjoy a guided drive up Pikes Peak, watch herding dogs in action, go behind the scenes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take a tour of rarely seen Audubon artwork at the Fine Arts Center, attend interesting workshops, seminars, a banquet with a keynote speaker and of course enjoy BIRDING! For information and required registration, please go to  

Cheyenne Canon Hummingbird Experience - Colorado Springs (May 9)
A day of hummingbird-themed activities at the Starsmore Visitor and Nat​ure Center. Discover the secrets of the smallest birds in the world and become a "Hummingbird Expert."  No registration required and no entry fee. Activities include wildlife demonstrations, a nature photography workshop, guided hikes, tips on plants which attract humm​​ingbirds and more. More information:​.

International Migratory Bird Day - Statewide (May 9)
International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated worldwide, with events in Colorado sometimes associated with it or occurring at the same time. For details about local events, or to learn how you can organize and register you own celebration, visit the IMBD website​.


All about Ecosystems
Wednesday, June 3

Come to Highline Lake to explore some of the amazing areas around the park and play fun outdoor games, all the while learning about ecosystems.

Hike with a Naturalist
Thursday, June 4

Hike one of the many trails of Roxborough with Naturalist, Skip Pumfrey. Explore the park's geology, ecosystems, flora and fauna. Discuss early Indian and pioneer life in the area. Search for signs of the animals that live in the park. Please bring a snack, water, and appropriate clothing for the changing weather. Reservations Required. Call and save a spot prior to the event.

Are You as Sly as a Fox?
Friday, June 5

On this day, we’ll be taking a small hike while learning about foxes and playing some really great outdoor games.

National Trails Day Hike with AHRA
Saturday, June 6

Please join AHRA Naturalist Kate Hogins and Volunteer Naturalist Bob Hickey for a local hike to celebrate American Hiking Society National Trails Day on June 6, 2015, the country's larget celebration of our trails. Locally, AHRA will host a hike on the Rainbow Trail West (#1136). This five-mile day hike features a climb through subalpine forest and lunch in a meadow on a ridgetop forming the west side of Poncha Pass, offering stunning views of three majestic mountain ranges: the Sangre de Cristo, Sawatch and San Juan. We will meet at the trailhead on US Route 285 south of Poncha Springs and north of Poncha Pass. Regisration is required for this hike so we can keep hikers apprised of changes or cancellations. Contact AHRA Naturalist Kate Hogins at (719) 539-7289 or

First Saturday Hike
Saturday, June 6

Explore along Plum Creek and Platte River to learn about plants and wildlife in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Join Chatfield naturalists on a 5 mile hike and don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, and a camera. Dogs are permitted on the hike but must be on a 6ft leash at all times.

Green Ranch hike
Saturday, June 6

This guided walk traverses an area of the park that is not developed and only open to visitors during a guided excursion. We will recall the history of the area, catch glipses of wildlife, and see open vistas of the Front Range! This is an easy 3-mile loop through the old corral area and return to the car. Meet Volunteer John Moyer at the Visitor Center at 9:00am to start your walk through history! A valid park pass is required on each vehicle that attends.

Bears and Mountain Lions
Saturday, June 6

Join us for an in-depth discussion of mountain lion and black bear biology.

Kids hour-Montane Ecosystem
Sunday, June 7

Take a walk in the woods with our Interpreter Jim Bick. He will discuss what makes the ecosystem of the park unique and what animals inhabit the park.

Wildlife Viewing Guides​

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Brown Wildlife Viewing SignSelect a pin point for a description of the location and wildlife viewing information. There are over 200 sites to choose from. These sites are also published on the official Map to Colorado. Order yours today (included with the Vacation Guide). Look for the brown wildlife viewing signs at (most) location destinations. Download our wildlife viewing tips and checklist ​to use on your next wildlife viewing adventure.