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Woman handling vulture at Barr Lake Birding Festival


Fall Birding Festival - Barr Lake State Park, Brighton 

September 8

Bird enthusiasts are invited to fly over to Barr Lake State Park to celebrate the fall bird migration, an exciting experience for everyone! This fun and festive community event includes bird banding, guided hikes, educational programs, free food, and more! 

The Fall Birding Festival runs from 7am - 12pm and is free, but a valid parks pass is required for each vehicle entering the park. 

​For more information about the Fall Birding Festival, call Barr Lake Nature Center at 303-659-6005 or e-mail​.​

Living History Days - Staunton State Park 

September 8 - 9

Meet at the Group Picnic Area (10am-3pm) to view the local historic group's displays and try square dancing! From there, embark on a treasure hunt to find the Reynold's Gang's gold! The treasure hunt meanders through the historic Cabin District and ends at the original Staunton Cabin (35min. hike). Folks dressed in historic garb will greet visitors with cowboy music and Johnny cakes with lemonade. Enjoy demonstrations such as a Mountain Man campsite, trapping and hunting, medicinal and edible plants, as well as games, crafts, and blacksmithing.

Nature's Harvest Fest - Fort Collins 

September 15

This family friendly and educational event is a one-day celebration of all things nature and harvest in Northern Colorado (NoCo).

Celebrate adventures in NoCo's big backyard with cooking and urban homesteading workshops, two butterfly releases, tastings of fresh produce, a marketplace full of local artisans and food producers, entertainment, kids' activities and food vendors.​

A $2 per person suggested donation is appreciated. For more information, visit the Nature's Harvest Fest website.​ 

HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival - Chatfield State Park 

September 15

Join the Audubon Society at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park for this annual one-of-a-kind family event about owls of Colorado! Visit with local wildlife organizations, explore hands on owl activities, and meet some of the owls of Colorado including the great horned owl, Eastern screech owl, burrowing owl, and more. Live owl demonstrations, live music, owl art display, face painting​, owl booths, owl pellet dissection, owl crafts and food trucks. Register online​ with Audubon Society of Greater Denver. 

5th Annual “Celebrating Bird Migration” - Waneka Lake & Greenlee Wildlife Preserve, Lafayette​

September 23; rain date of September 30   

Explore the wonderful world of birds in a beautiful place! See a live hawk and other birds of prey up close and view birds in the wild through spotting scopes and binoculars. Learn about migration, marshes and the role avian friends play in our lives. Enjoy art projects and a scavenger hunt.  

The 1/3 mile walking path between the parking area and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve will feature several local organizations with great activities and displays to offer! This free, public event is suitable for all ages and will also feature an array of fine door prizes. 

This program begins at the Waneka Lake East parking lot, where Emma St. ends at Caria Drive in Lafayette. For more information, contact Martin Ogle at or 720-612-0506.

Estes Park Elk Festival - Estes Park 

September 29 - 30​

In autumn, the haunting call of elk bugling resonates throughout the Estes Valley and lets visitors to Estes Park know - the rut is on! Join Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Bond Park in Estes Park September 29 - 30 as we celebrate the season of wapiti wooing! 

Visitors can attend education presentations, listen to live music, visit vendors and other booths, enjoy a cool beverage at the Wallowing Hole Beer Garden, cheer on Sunday’s bugling contest participants and more. CPW provides multiple education booths, an Elk Camp simulation to provide hunting information, public elk biology and management seminars, and our expert volunteer guides provide biological and behavioral information, as well as responsible viewing tips where elk are located in town. 

For more information, see the Estes Par​k E​lk Fest website​


​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.​​​​


Bike Your Park Day
Saturday, September 29

Explore your parks and public lands by bicycle with thousands of others throughout the world on the same day.

Tuesday Evening on the Eagle Express
Tuesday, October 2

Sit back and ride aboard the Eagle Express for a 2-3 hour excursion around Barr Lake.

Tuesday Evening on the Eagle Express
Tuesday, October 16

Sit back and ride aboard the Eagle Express for 2-3 hour excursion around Barr Lake.

Full Moon Hikes
Wednesday, October 24

Envision yourself taking an evening hike while experiencing the setting sun and the rising full moon. Explore Barr Lake at dusk with Park Naturalists and enjoy a fall evening outdoors!

Tuesday Evening on the Eagle Express
Tuesday, October 30

Sit back and ride aboard the Eagle Express for a 2-3 hour excursion around Barr Lake.

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