The greater sandhill crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. The festival includes daily crane viewings, expert speakers, live raptors, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. All community activities and events are free unless otherwise indicated in the program! For more information, please call 970/276-1933 or write to
ColoradoCranes@gmail.com. Also refer to the
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition website and
Crane Festival Facebook page.
Guided Nature HikeSaturday, August 29
Join our park interpreter for a guided 3 mile hike along the raccoon trail talking about the local flora and fauna, trees, and animals native to Golden Gate State Park. A minimum of seven people is required, signup sheets are located in the reverend ridge office.
Brainy About BatsFriday, September 4
Come out for a night time adventure to learn about bats. Learn about how these extraordinary mammals live their lives and which ones call Colorado home. These important creatures play an essential night time role in the control of some of our worst insect pests.
Guided HikeSaturday, September 5
Join our park interpreter for a 1 mile guided hike alone the racoon trail talking about the local flora and fauna, trees, and animals native to Golden Gate State Park. A minimum of seven people is required, signup sheets are located in the reverend ridge office.
Calls of the WildFriday, September 11
Do you think you can guess an animals identity by the sounds it makes? Come out to Highline Lake to discover the sounds of nature. We will listen to several animal calls and learn about animal communication.
Moonlight HikeSunday, September 27
Join Naturalists for an evening hike and afterwards enjoy refreshments and other celestial delights. $7.50 per hiker is requested to reserve a spot prior to the event. Hikes start promptly at the advertised start time. This program is a fundraiser for Friends of Roxborough supporting the environmental education efforts in the park. This event has limited space, call 303-973-3959 to confirm availability. To reserve, send a check payable to the Friends of Roxborough to the park address: 4751 E. Roxborough Drive, Roxborough, CO 80125. A non-refundable tickets for your confirmed hike will be sent to you. Bring this ticket with you to the event and remember all vehicles entering the park need a valid pass attached. Daily passes are $7.00 and available at the self-service signage therefore remember to bring correct change. See you there!
Moonlight HikeMonday, October 26
Select 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.