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Prairie Chicken Viewing

​​​Prairie Chicken Viewing

March - April, Wray

Join birders from around the world to witness the spectacular mating dance of the sandhill dancers of the Eastern plains – Colorado’s greater prairie chickens. On weekends throughout late March and April, the town of Wray, Colorado in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, offers guided tours to view the birds’ exotic courtship ritual. To ensure that wildlife watchers avoid any harmful disturbance to the birds during their mating season, tour participants will use a special viewing blind, seating only 20 people per trip, so reservations are required. 

For more information, visit: or call the Wray Chamber of Commerce at 970-332-3484.

12th Annual Mountain Plover Festival

​April 27-29, Karval

​On the short grass prairies of Eastern Colorado the Mountain Plover arrives to nest in early April. Come and enjoy the Mountain Plover Festival and the hospitality of the Karval community.

Tours occur on the private land of local farmers and ranchers. This land is not normally accessible to visitors but for this one weekend they throw open the gates and invite you in to their workplace. The plover is the focus of the tour, but guides help attendees find other wildlife and birds that might be on their life list.​

Reserve your spot at​.

4th Annual Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival​

Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13, Pikes Peak

Spring migration in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is often full of surprises. And El Paso County, where the short-grass prairies rise to meet the majestic top of Pikes Peak, has much to offer.​

Visit the Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival website for festival information, registration, speaker bios, and field trip descriptions to help you decide how to spend your weekend in and around the Front Range. There are events for everyone, including dynamic birding field trips and appealing seminars and workshops.​ 

Learn more at​​.​​

​For more upcoming events, see the Events and Festivals page​ and the CPW Event​​ Calendar.


Mountain Biking, Road Biking, and Family Biking suggestions.​​​Buy A parks pass..​​​More outdoor recreation opportunities.​​​​


Bird Walk at Barr Lake State Park
Saturday, March 31

Join DVD author Joe LaFleur for guided bird walk. The walk features hands-on identification of migrant and resident birds in habitats like woodland, shrubby areas, grassland and lake.

Nature Walk & Talk
Friday, April 6

Share your knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm with other Barr Lake visitors and volunteers as we discover and rediscover the park's hidden treasures.

Bald Eagle Nesting Tour
Saturday, April 7

Make a date to come to Barr Lake for an Eagle Express ride to view the bald eagles!

Guided Bird Walk
Saturday, April 14

Grab your binoculars and field guide, or check out a loaner set of ours, and enjoy an exciting morning of birding at Barr Lake with Naturalists Tammy and Ira.

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies & Barr Lake Kite Festival
Saturday, April 21

Join Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for a morning celebrating 30 years of progress in conserving birds, and their habitat.

Earth Day Eagle Express Rides
Saturday, April 21

Celebrate Earth Day by enjoying an Eagle Express ride to the Gazebo and Great Blue Heron rookery.

Outdoor Heritage Day - Palisade Riverbend Park
Saturday, April 28

This annual FREE event is for families to learn all about the exciting outdoor activities Colorado has to offer! If you have been to Outdoor Heritage Day in the past, or this will be your first time, please join us! Free lunch is provided from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. Try fishing, archery, tree climbing, and many more activities!

Nature Walk & Talk
Saturday, April 28

Share your knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm with other Barr Lake visitors and volunteers as we discover and rediscover the park's hidden treasures.

​ Wildlife Viewing Guides​

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Bighorn Sheep
& Mountain Goats

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Deer ​& Elk

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Grouse, Prairie​-Chickens
& Ptarmigan


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.