Bird Watching

When staying in Estes Park, activities and things to do are not hard to find—no matter what type of adventure you are seeking. Some of our guests at Rocky Mountain Resorts enjoy a quieter activity that allows you to enjoy all that the beauty of nature that surrounds us. 

Bird watchers of all experience levels will be delighted with Estes Park: over 280 bird species can be found within Rocky Mountain National Park, which is enough that it’s been recognized as a Global Important Bird Area. With so many in the area, even a simple walk through town can become a bird-watching opportunity—especially in the spring. Lake Estes and the Big Thompson river walkway are two popular in-town locations you can begin at!

Inside the park, a birders’ paradise awaits. Lumpy Ridge , Trail Ridge and Bear Lake roads, Upper Beaver Meadows and Wild Basin are just a few of the park’s hotspots for birding. Stop by the park’s visitor center on your way in for recommendations about where to look that day, or join one of their Ranger-Led Programs for a fully guided experience around the park.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Green Jeep Tours offer outdoor tours and activities you could easily see some on. However, Kaiyote Tours probably offer the area’s most extensive birding tour options—with them, you can arrange a private half or full day tour across the park’s best trails.