North Park Wildlife Weekend

Western Grebe With Chicks - Stock

Summer in Colorado’s High Country brings baby birds, doting parents, and ID challenges in the myriad of available habitats in Clear Creek, Grand, Jackson and Larimer counties. Join Denver Audubon and Reefs to Rockies in this 3-day trip to North Park in search of colonial waterbirds, sagebrush, and forest birds. Highlights may include piggy-backing grebes and other waterfowl, raptors, Sage Thrashers, and maybe even Greater Sage-Grouse or Moose!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Berthoud Pass
  • Windy Gap Reservoir
  • Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
  • Walden Reservoir
  • State Forest State Park
  • Cameron Pass
  • & More!

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Denver/Granby/Walden ~ We will arrange a meeting spot in west Denver before continuing up I-70 to US 40 Empire and Berthoud Pass. We’ll make a couple of stops in Empire for hummingbirds and more before continuing to the rest stop at Berthoud Pass often for high elevation species. Next is Windy Gap Reservoir near Granby for waterfowl, American White Pelicans, and more. We’ll continue on toward the town of Walden with possible stops along the way based on recent sightings and group’s interest. Sunset may yield surprises!

Accommodations: North Park Inn

Meals: Picnic Lunch

Day 2: North Park Hotspots ~ The Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour and Moose–Goose Nature Trail start our day in North Park. There should be ample opportunities for viewing waterfowl, wetland specialists, and sagebrush species. We’ll spend the afternoon at Walden hotspots to Lake John where we hope to get lucky spotting Western and Eared Grebes with babies in tow (no guarantees in birding!) The town of Walden also harbors good birds, including roosting Common Nighthawks. Additional North Park stops dependent on recent sightings and group’s interest.

Accommodations: North Park Inn

Meals: Continental Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

Day 3: Walden/Cameron Pass/Denver ~ We’ll head straight to  State Forest State Park this morning in search of moose and coniferous forest specialists. We’ll take our time making our way down Poudre Canyon. There’s time for a stop or two in lower elevation montane shrubland habitat before continuing back to Denver with a 5 pm arrival time planned.

Meals: Continental Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

 

DETAILS

Price: $950* per person based on two people sharing double occupancy accommodations. Add $145* for private, single occupancy accommodations.

Inclusions: accommodations, private transportation, full-time driver/guide, daily guided birding with spotting scope available, entrance fees, and meals as listed in the itinerary.

Exclusions: two dinners and activities not listed in the itinerary.

Group Size: Min 4 and Max 7 participants + driver/guide. We are known for smaller group sizes with a better birder to guide ratio than most companies offering similar itineraries.  This trip starts and ends in the west Denver Metro area (possibly the T-Rex Park-N-Ride lot on the NE corner of I-70 and CR93/ Morrison Exit 259.)

Level of Difficulty: Easy – This trip primarily involves short walks on mostly level gravel roads, paths, sidewalks, or boardwalks. Terrain may be uneven at times, but is not difficult to navigate. Most walks will be under a mile with a total distance of up to three miles on a given day.