Colorado Celebrates Wildlife in 2014

  • Monte Vista Crane Festival - March 7-9

    As Sandhill Cranes begin making their journey north for the summer, they make a pit stop near Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. During the three-day Monte Vista Crane Festival, birdwatchers from across the country come to witness the 20,000 birds, listen to talks by expert naturalists and take bus tours to see other Colorado wildlife, like eagles and elk.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office

  • Karval Mountain Plover Festival - April 25-26

    While the Karval Mountain Plover Festival in Karval, Colorado is primarily about watching rare Mountain Plovers as they arrive on the Eastern Plains, it's also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the farming and ranching communities of the state. Festival events include a Saturday night Chuck Wagon dinner, private land tours and home stays with local ranchers and farmers, some of whom are descendents of homesteaders.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office

  • Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival - May 7-11

    In late spring, a wide range of migratory and resident birds make their home in Southwestern Colorado, and in honor of these special little residents, Ute Tribal Park and Mesa Verde National Park celebrate with the Birding Festival, including guided tours, evening lectures, a bird-themed art show and a celebratory banquet.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office

  • Hummingbird Festival - May 10

    in mid-April, hummingbirds begin returning from Mexico to Colorado Springs for the summer and autumn months, and the Hummingbird Festival is a great time to learn more about these tiny birds, see them up close, participate in a whole host of family activities, listen to live entertainment and purchase some gifts to bring back home.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office

  • Bent on Birding - May 16-18

    Bent County in Southeastern Colorado is a hot bed for birding activity. During the annual Bent on Birding festival in May, wildlife enthusiasts might spot pelicans, plovers, terns, rails and other birds heading north for summer. Activities include guided walks and historical re-enactments.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office

  • Grand Mesa Moose Day - July 26

    During the annual Grand Mesa Moose Day celebration near the town of Grand Junction, you and the family can see one of Colorado's larger residents, the moose. Hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the US Forest Service, the day of outdoor fun will teach visitors how to spot and safely view these fascinating animals and will feature a full lineup of moose-themed family activities.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office

  • NoCo Nature Festival - September

    The Northern Colorado Nature Festival takes place each year at the Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space near Fort Collins. Learn all about regional wildlife through live animal viewings, nature walks, presentations and a photography walk through the Rocky Mountain Cat Conservatory. Food and live music fill out the fun.

    Photo courtesy of Susan Dussaman

  • Elk Fest - October 4-5

    Come autumn, the deep, resonant call of the elk can be heard filling Estes Valley. To learn more about these majestic beasts, come to the Estes Park Elk Fest in October. The festival includes a bugling contests, elk-viewing bus tours, Native American music, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and vendors selling elk crafts and cuisine.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office

  • The Big Sit - October 12

    On October 12, join birders from around the state and country for the Big Sit, where participants sit in a large circle in Chatfield State Park and count how many birds are seen or heard throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to bring breakfast, lunch or dinner along and stay as little or as long as they want.

    Photo courtesy of Thomas Halverstadt

  • Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival - November 8

    The Bighorn sheep is Colorado's state mammal, and you can learn all about it at the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival in November. The single-day festival gives visitors the chance to see and learn about these animals while viewing wildlife-related arts and crafts from Georgetown's artists and shop owners.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Tourism Office


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