The northern Colorado foothills is the irregular band of transition where the eastern plains reach into the Rocky Mountains. The elevation ranges from about 5,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level and encompasses a tremendous variety of habitats including reservoirs, ponds, lazy creeks, rushing mountain streams, brushy hillsides, and steep rocky canyons. Some of our target species includeWestern Grebe, White-throated Swift, Golden Eagle, Western Wood-Pewee, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Pygmy Nuthatch, Canyon Wren, American Dipper, Bullock's Oriole, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Lazuli Bunting.
Itinerary: Our Longmont base is the perfect starting point for exploring the foothills zone. Depending on the season, we will visit nearby reservoirs, open country and dramatic canyons. We can walk as much or as little as you wish and there are many great birding hotspots to visit.
When to Visit: The Colorado Foothills can be visited any time of year.
Difficulty: How much we walk is completely up to you and can be as easy as you wish or range up to gentle walks of several miles.
Travel Notes: Our Longmont base is about 45 minutes north of either downtown Denver or Denver International Airport (depending on traffic in both cases!) Our altitude can range from about 5,000 feet above sea level up to 8,500 feet. Spring and summer days can be very hot and there is little shade so sunscreen and sun protection is critical. Summer afternoons can bring passing rainstorms. We typically enjoy a picnic-style lunch and also will plan carefully to make regular restroom stops.
- Three birders $170 per person; two birders $250 per person; one birder $500 per person.
- Full day of birding is up to 10 hours from pick up to drop off at departure point
- Includes transportation for up to three birders in our all-wheel drive truck, applicable park entrance fees, and picnic-style lunch.
- Contact us for pricing for more than three birders
- Departures from Longmont, Colorado (SEE MAP)
- A deposit of $100 (per day of birding) will hold your date; balance due 30 days prior to the date.
- Trips are subject to these Terms & Conditions.
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Like many businesses, we have also been affected by COVID-19. As a result, your birding tour may operate under modified conditions:
- Some of our birding destinations are currently closed or have limited access. For example, Rocky Mountain National Park has been closed and is schedule to open on May 27th. Advance registration will be required for a specific date and entry time UNLESS we enter the park before 6 a.m.
- As we follow Colorado social-distancing guidelines, it's likely we will need to travel in separate vehicles (you in your own vehicle) and maintain appropriate distance while out of the car. We are also not able to share our spotting scope with you and you should feel free to bring your own. Here are the current updates on the Colorado Covid-19 response.
- We appreciate your understanding that some trip details may need to be modified depending on exact circumstances. Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions!