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​​​​2017 Grand Mesa Moose Day 

July 29th, 10 AM to 3 PM, Grand Mesa Visitor Center

Visitors look at booths.

Two bull moose were seen after last year’s Grand Mesa Moose Day grazing in a meadow near a campground above the Mesa Lakes area. So yes, you can see moose on Moose Day! Attend this annual viewing festival and learn about moose habitat, biology, and where you have the best chance to see moose on the Mesa.

There are activities for all members of the family - while the kids are doing moose crafts, listen to a presentation from our local staff and learn more about moose in Colorado. If a hike is more of your activity style, learn how our staff track wildlife utilizing telemetry by accompanying a wildlife officer on a hike with a hidden moose collar.

Location & What to Bring

​This event is held at the US Forest Service Visitor Center located on the top of the Grand Mesa at 20090 Baron Lake Drive, Grand Mesa, CO 81413. Plan to take a picnic with you and make a day of learning about moose and wetting your line in a local fishing hole!​​

See the 2017 Grand Mesa Moose Day flyer​, for more details.

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


Hike: Outlook Ridge
Sunday, July 23

Explore with Naturalist Penny, the flora and fauna of this trail. You will able to see beautiful vistas, a variety of habitats and Lost Pond on this 2 mile loop.

Amphitheater: Nocturnal Animals
Sunday, July 23

Although the night seems peaceful, as though everyone is sleeping, there is actually A LOT going on. Join Penny as you learn more about the animals that go “bump” in the night. Dress warmly.

Amphitheater: Timber Wolves
Monday, July 24

The wolf is an often misunderstood member of a thriving ecosystem. Naturalist Ellen Walker will explain the facts and fiction about the timber wolf, its pack behavior, and it’s very special role as an apex predator. If you watch carefully, you might see a wolf watching you carefully, courtesy of Peggy's Colorado Wolf Adventures! No pets allowed.

Nature Hike: Wapiti
Wednesday, July 26

Have you ever wondered about the trees and creatures that reside in Mueller State Park and the surrounding area? Maybe you're new to the area, just visiting, or have lived here all your life and just never got around to finding out! Join Naturalist Karleen on this leisurely hike as you learn about the montane forest of Colorado and wildlife commonly found at Mueller.

Moth Night
Wednesday, July 26

Come join us on the new moon by tracking moths with insect experts from the Mile High Bug Club.

Bird Walk
Thursday, July 27

Enjoy a leisurely hike to watch and listen for the birds of Mueller with Naturalist Craig

Hike: Cahill Loop
Friday, July 28

Join Naturalists Jeremy and Sylvia on this moderate 2.5 mile hike, exploring the flora and fauna of Mueller all the way.

Friday, July 28

"Just At Twilight Time" Explore the Barr Lake 9-mile trail by bike.

​ Wildlife Viewing Guides​

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Bighorn Sheep
& Mountain Goats


​​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.