Looking for help with your Colorado birding trip?
We specialize in custom birding trips to some of the best birding destinations in Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park, the Pawnee National Grasslands, and the Northern Colorado Foothills.
- We don't have a set schedule of tours--pick your own dates!
- Combine more than one destination for an amazing multi-day experience
- Tell us YOUR target birds; we'll plan a tour to help find them!
- Need extra time for photography or just want to enjoy birds at your pace?
Traveling to Colorado for birding is already a major outlay of your time and resources--Working with a professional guide to maximize your experience is a great investment. Your birding adventure deserves Colorado's premier birding guides!
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Carl is an excellent guide. We did a half day with him, starting in the early a.m. (6:30 a.m.) We started at Sheep Lakes and… drove the Trail Road to Medicine Bow Curve and back. Carl knows all the great birding areas in RMNP and was able to help us see and photograph many life birds and mammals, such as Marmots and Least Chipmunks. The highlight of our trip was seeing two female Dusky Grouse that crossed Trail Ridge Rd. near the Endovalley turn off. Carl also knows when to instruct about birds and wildlife, and when to be quiet so his clients can just enjoy the beauty of Rocky Mt. National Park on their own. Highly recommended for local knowledge, ability to find birds and wildlife and personable and friendly guiding. In addition, Carl was helpful in recommending areas of the park that we would enjoy exploring on our own, once our time with him was over. Everything was perfect and as we expected. Read more “Everything Was Perfect!”
Once again, Carl & Christian delivered on a fantastic birding experience; tailored to my targets and to my pace. I like to cover a lot… of ground, get to multiple habitats and essentially “big day” bird every day. Whether it is chasing after lifers, getting quality time with a few species, a day trip or a long weekend trip racking up as many species as you can, Carl & Christian can get it done. This is my second trip with Colorado Birding Adventures and it likely will not be my last! Read more “Awesome as Always!”
I spent 2 days with Christian mainly looking for white-tailed ptarmigan. Christian is a very caring guide. He takes time to get to know the… client and will tailor the trip to suit client’s needs. He also knows a lot about plants, other wildlife such as mammals…etc. I highly recommend him. Thank you Christian. Read more “I Highly Recommend”
Christian was great company and very professional throughout the weekend. We hit nearly all my target birds in just two days including high altitude and… prairie birds. He was knowledgeable, patient, and fun to be with. I would love to go back birding with him again. Read more “Colorado Birding Weekend”
I had a private 5 day birding tour with Carl Bendorf of Colorado Birding Adventures in early May 2019. The trip was a success right… from the beginning. I hit it off right away with Carl as he is very easy going and has a good sense of humor. We saw a very close White-Tailed Ptarmigan in Loveland Pass within the first couple of hours of leaving the airport. Got my first lifer target, the Brown-Capped Rosy-Finch, a couple of hours later. We did a fair amount of driving across the state the next few days and saw a variety of other good birds, such was Clark’s Nutcracker, Red Crossbill, Sagebrush Sparrow, Mountain Plover, Golden Eagle, American Dipper, Lark Bunting, McCown’s Longspur, Chestnut-Collared Longspur and Burrowing Owl. I would highly recommend traveling with Carl. Read more “A success right from the beginning”
Colorado Birding Adventures organized a wonderful “target birding” private tour for me on extremely short notice. My excellent guide, Marcel Such, displayed superb birding skills… and up-to-the-second knowledge of Mountain Plover, McCown’s Longspur, Red-naped Sapsucker and Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, all the four life birds I wanted to see plus many other interesting Colorado specialties. I highly recommend Colorado Birding Adventures for the novice or expert birder in search of a great Colorado birding experience. Read more “Outstanding Birding Guides!”
I’ve had the pleasure of birding with Colorado Birding Adventures in both winter and summer, and both trips exceeded my expectations! My first trip was… in Feb. 2018 with Christian. I had an ambitious “wish list” of species, and he found most of them. This required quite a bit of persistence and expertise; esp. for the 3-toed Woodpecker. I lived in Colorado for awhile back in the ’90s, but I had never seen the area of the Sawatch Range/Collegiate Peaks in Colorado, which was quite beautiful and Christian found many of my target birds there. Then in June 2019 I booked a trip with Carl. Initially, I was focused on Mountain Plover, Lark Bunting Green-tailed Towhee, and a few other species I was missing from my Life list, but Carl was able to utilize my ebird account to prepare a “target list” of likely birds for June in Colorado that I was missing from my life list. Well, this was fantastic and educational! I did two full days with Carl, the first in Rocky mountain National Park, and the second in the Pawnee National Grasslands, and ended up with 21 Life birds, when I really only expected 5 or 6. Wow!!! We also saw numerous mammals, including an amazing encounter with a Badger who was eating prey! I love to take photos of birds, and both Christian and Carl were patient and accommodating for this and I am so pleased with the photos. It was also wonderful that they did the driving, as birding in Colorado requires covering significant distances, so that was a HUGE bonus. These days were definitely some of the best of both my winter and summer vacations!! Read more “Found Species I Didn’t Even Know About!”
I spent a most enjoyable day birding with Carl. Most of our day was spent in Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery alone was simply… breathtaking. I had given Carl a list of five bird species of which I was most interested in seeing. And didn’t Carl nail ALL of them, with STUNNING views. Our time spent with the white tailed ptarmigans was over the top! We had to hunt a bit to find the Williamson’s Sapsucker, which Carl found, both male and female, another memorable moment. By the end of the day I had added five species to my ABA list, four of which were lifers. I tallied over 60 bird species and at least 9 mammal species. It was one fantastic adventure! I have been birding now some 30+ years which has taken me to nearly half of our United States and ten foreign countries. The time I spent with Colorado Birding Adventures ranks up there with the best. All in all, most excellent! P. S. I’m already looking forward to my next Colorado Birding Adventure! Read more “Birding Colorado? Do it right!”
Birding in Colorado was a “Rocky Mountain High” for me! I spent two packed days of birding with Colorado Birding Adventures while my wife was… in Denver on a business trip. Those two days were easily some of the best days of birding I’ve ever experienced. Carl Bendorf, lead guide and owner, made it an experience of a lifetime by getting me on practically all the birds I was desiring to see. (He even made a herculean effort in getting me on a White-tailed Ptarmigan in spite of striking out because of the difficult periods of snow and extreme winds at 12,000 feet. That effort was a reflection of just the kind of birding guide he is.) I loved spending those two days with Carl, especially that very special moment between him, myself, and a Northern Pygmy Owl, which was my highest target bird on my list for the trip. The time with Carl solidified a birding philosophy of mine, that it’s not “just” about the birds, it’s also about the birding friendships developed along the way. My wife was busy with business and couldn’t do any birding with me while we were out there. After listening to me tell of my adventures and seeing my photos, she is excited about getting back out as soon as we can. When we return, we’ll be hooking back up with Colorado Birding Adventures. If you’re looking for experienced, expert, and personal birding…I HIGHLY RECOMMEND… Carl Bendorf and Colorado Birding Adventures. Read more “Some of the Best Birding Days I’ve Ever Experienced”