Find some solace and ease into nature through an often-overlooked pastime: birding. Colorado is home to a variety of ecosystems and more than 400 species, giving us some of the best birding experiences in the country. This spring, head all over the state to discover the array of birdcentric excursions and festivals.
This is the festival where the sandhill cranes—20,000 of them, to be exact—meet the mountains. From March 6 to 8, experts will lead bus tours each morning at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. It doesn’t stop there. Options include keynote speakers, wetlands tours, a craft/nature fair, and even activities for the children to enjoy. Tickets range from $5 to $20.
For a more upscale birding experience, consider the “Wings over Telluride” package. Starting in June, this spot offers a three night stay, daily breakfast for two, and either a half or full day of birding activities. There is a guided birding excursion in the San Juan mountains, followed by a scenic picnic lunch, along with some birding amenities to keep you comfortable. (Sunscreen, anyone?) Packages start at $1,099.
Head southeast to Karval for a birding festival that has a central theme of community. From April 24 to 26, there will be bird watching, history, entertainment, and the arts. To really immerse yourself, stay with local ranchers while you receive multiple tours, free home-cooked meals, and entry into a photo contest. Packages range from $150 to $400.