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11th Annual Mountain Plover Festival

​April 28 - 30

plover nest with eggsOn 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 View the festival schedule.

​Greater Prairie Chicken Viewing - Wray, CO - Late March and April​

Greater prairie chickenJoin 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 the Wray Chamber Greater Prairie Chicken Tours website​ or call the Wray Chamber of Commerce at 970-332-3484.


Friday, April 28

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

Saturday Guided Bird Walks
Saturday, April 29

Grab your binoculars and field guide, or check out a loaner set of ours, and enjoy an exciting morning of birding at Barr Lake. Park Naturalists introduce birders of all ability levels to Barr Lake's feathered residents and migrants.

10th Annual Outdoor Heritage Day
Saturday, April 29

This FREE event provides an opporunity for kids of all ages to experience fishing, gold panning, archery, climbing, firearms safety, paddleboarding, wildlife viewing and more! A free hot dog lunch is provided from 11 - 2, first come first served, so arrive early! To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this event, the first 200 kids to arrive will receive a free t-shirt!

Immersion in Nature
Friday, May 5

Join us for de-stressing walk in the park. Based upon the Japanese practice of "Shinrin-Yoku" also known as "forest bathing", this walk lasts around two hours with no destination or purpose other than to be in nature.

Green Ranch Hike at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Saturday, May 6

Join volunteer naturalists Leslie and John for an exclusive tour of the Green Ranch property at Golden Gate Canyon State Park; an area that is closed to the public the majority of the year. They will share information on the history of the Green Family, while seeing the flora, fauna, and breath-taking views. Please RSVP.

Tuesday Evening Outing on the Eagle Express
Tuesday, May 9

Sit Back and ride aboard the Eagle Express for a rare evening excursion out to the bald eagle nest-viewing site.

Eagle Express
Saturday, May 13

Reserve your spot for a trip to great wildlife watching opportunities aboard our universally accessible, motorized Eagle Express! Your destinations are the gazebo with a great view of the bald nest and the heron and cormorant Rookery at mile marker three.

State Forest State Park - Colorado Lands Day
Saturday, May 20

Celebrate public lands throughout the state at State Forest State Park for Colorado Lands Day! -Fishing with a Ranger -Getting your hands dirty with trail maintenance - Nature and Wildlife Talk -Wildlife viewing

​ 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.