Sandhill Crane Trail

The northern San Luis Valley is a land of natural spectacles. Some are aerial, like the talon-locking tumble of a pair of Golden Eagles in midair courtship, or the high-flying spirals of a flock of Black Swifts above a canyon cascade at dusk.

Greater Prairie Chicken Trail

The northern San Luis Valley is a land of natural spectacles. Some are aerial, like the talon-locking tumble of a pair of Golden Eagles in midair courtship, or the high-flying spirals of a flock of Black Swifts above a canyon cascade at dusk.

Snow Goose Trail

The playa lakes and manmade reservoirs of this section of Southeast Colorado are magnets for waterbirds of every stripe. Plovers, sandpipers, cranes, egrets, grebes, gulls, terns and ducks all congregate here in huge numbers in migration.

Dinosaur Trail

Almost everywhere in this dry landscape is evidence of the ancient past. The colorful sandstone in this region encases some of America’s richest and most famous fossil beds, the namesake of Dinosaur National Monument and its nearest town.

Gunnison Sage Grouse Trail

The Gunnison Sage-Grouse is a special bird. Formally described by science only in 2000, it evaded detection for decades because people looked at it without seeing it-they assumed all sage grouse were the same.

North Park Trail

North Park, virtually synonymous with Jackson County, is a high, flat, peak-ringed valley that teems with far more wildlife than people. Some of Colorado’s finest and most extensive remaining sagebrush country can be found here, right beside some of Colorado’s finest and most extensive wetlands.

Wolf Creek Trail

The summit of Wolf Creek Pass is one of the snowiest places in Colorado during the winter. During the summer, it’s one of the most scenic. The famous overlook on the west side offers you a chance to be swarmed by panhandling Steller’s Jays, while swifts and swallows wheel in huge flocks overhead.

All Trails

All Trails

From Prairies to Peaks The Birding Trail currently has over 800 sites and we plan to add more in the future.

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Western Colorado

Western Colorado

Red-rock Country Western Colorado has many remote and unique places to see wildlife and landscapes.

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Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

Snow-capped Landscapes Explore the Rocky Mountains and their wide variety of habitats and wildlife.

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Eastern Plains

Eastern Plains

Shortgrass Prairie and More The Eastern Plains comprise over one-third of the state and are home to many unique birds.

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Sylvan Lake State Park

Sylvan provides serenity in an alpine park perfect for daydreaming. Non-motorized boating and non-electrical camping offer the opportunity for quiet recreation at this gateway to the White River National Forest and the Holy Cross Wilderness. Learn More →

Printed Guides!

The Colorado Birding Trail Printed Guides are available for the Northwest, Southwest, and Southeast. You can obtain a copy at many locations in Colorado, including all birding trail sites with a visitor center, as well as Colorado Welcome Centers, Colorado State Parks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Offices, USFS and BLM offices and National Park sites. It may also be available at local Chamber of Commerce facilities, local businesses, like Wild Bird Centers, and some museums. Across the state, you can pick a copy at all of the Colorado Welcome Centers, Audubon Colorado, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and other selected locations.

Featured Sites

Canyon Journeys

Offering tours to heritage and birding sites in Baca County.

Monte Vista NWR

The best place in Colorado to observe Sandhill Cranes during migration.

Chico Basin Ranch

A private working ranch with spectacular birding and recreation options.

Highline State Park

A small reservoir in western Colorado with large sightings of interesting birds.

Pinello Ranch

A rich riparian habitat with cottonwoods and willows provides a mosaic of habitats.