Rocky Mountain National Park

White-tailed PtarmiganThe scenery alone is worth a trip but for birders, Rocky Mountain National Park can be paradise.  More than 270 different species have been recorded in the park--many are just passing through, but the park's specialties are what the birders seek!  Depending on the time of year, our target birds may include White-tailed Ptarmigan, Brown-capped Rosy Finch, Clark's Nutcracker, American Dipper, and more--plus there is always a chance to see some of the many mammals that inhabit the park.

Birding Colorado by Hugh Kingery says it this way:  "The premier mountain bird-watching place in Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park has fine examples of every mountain habitat in Colorado...Superb scenery, excellent facilities, and lots of birds make Rocky a prime destination.  Easy access to each habitat and its complement of breeding species lends enchantment to a visit.   You can see mountain birds in RMNP from your car and on short or long hikes."

Medicine Bow Curve BirdingOur exact destinations will vary by season but a typical itinerary may visit Trail Ridge Road, Endovalley, and Wild Basin. Depending on our destinations, we may do some walking on moderately smooth trails with some rocky sections. Our total hiking distance will depending on the specific birds you'd like to see and your activity level.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular destination year round but the wide range in elevation definitely affects both the weather and the birds.  The best time to see the most variety of birds is June to September but a visit anytime of year can be productive.  The highest parts of the park are generally not accessible from approximately November through May.

You can get an idea of what birds can be found in the park at various times of year with this bar graph courtesy of eBird.

Your Rocky Mountain Birding Adventure includes

  • Leadership by your experienced and friendly guide, Carl Bendorf
  • Comfortable transportation for up to three participants
  • Pickup and drop off in Estes Park (other locations may have mileage charge)
  • The use of field guides and quality binoculars/spotting scope
  • Picnic lunch (on full day trips) and, if desired, hot coffee!
  • Park entrance fees included

Cost

Half or Full Day birding in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Meeting point is Estes Park. Click here for details.
1 BIRDER2 BIRDERS3 BIRDERS
HALF DAY$335$385$425
FULL DAY$535$585$625

Our regular Half & Full Day Trips include transportation for up to 3 birders in our all-wheel drive vehicle and park entrance fees; full-day trips also include lunch. Denver meeting point additional $75; Ft. Collins meeting point additional $50. 

Trips are subject to these Terms & Conditions.

Scenes from our RMNP Trips - Click on image to enlarge