Over 300 different species of birds have been identified in Rocky Mountain National Park. The park covers 416 square miles and has 359 miles of hiking trails.
We offer two types of birding trips: Private tours and non-private nature walks. Our non-private nature walks are open to everyone 10 years and older. We see a lot of birds everyday on these hikes. It is our suggestion, however, that if you are specifically looking for birds, that you book a private trip. This will enable us to move at “birding” speed, which means we can take our time to find as many birds as possible.
Kaiyote Tours is authorized by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, to conduct services in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Non-Private Nature walks
Pricing for weekly scheduled non-private nature hikes
The hiking fee does not include your admission fee into Rocky Mountain National Park, which is $20 per week per vehicle.
Why do we start out so early? The best times to see wildlife are early mornings and evenings. The weather is better in the morning and the trails are also a lot less crowded. You may not be an early riser, but you will not regret waking up to see and feel the calm, cool air of a mountain morning.
Private Birding Hikes
How many different bird species is it possible to see in one day in Colorado? Our record is 101 different spiecies.
Pricing for private birding walks
The hiking fee does not include your admission fee to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is $20/per week per vehicle.
Pricing for extended birding tours
Below are printable lists of the wildlife we have seen in Rocky Mountain National Park and on a few of our favorite trails for nature hikes. Print page one of the checklist first. Then using the back side of page one for the second page, you can make a small pamphlet.
Cub Lake – moderate level hike. This is our best hike for birds and wildlife. Trailhead 8080 feet: 4.6 miles round trip and 540 foot elevation gain. Cub Lake is a large lily covered pond where Ring-necked ducks nest and bears like to swim. The trail starts along Moraine Park and follows along marshy ponds before it heads up to Cub Lake.
Upper Beaver Meadows Ute Trail – moderate level hike. This is our most difficult hike. Trailhead 8,440 feet; 4.3 round trip and 870 foot elevation gain to 9,310. This hike is great for birds, elk, coyotes and little critters. The trail starts out at the Upper Beaver Meadows picnic area and follows the Ute Trail to the top of the moraine with great views of Longs Peak and Moraine Park.
Hollowell Park and Mill Creek Basin Loop – easy level hike. Trailhead 8400 feet; 3.4 miles round trip and 620 foot elevation gain. This is a great hike for birds and wildflowers.The trail starts out in a small meadow where beavers have damned up Mill Creek and willows have filled in the area. The trial then follows the creek, which has many beautiful little cascades. The trail rises through an aspen grove and then through pines where it drops down into Mill Creek Basin.
We will supply
You should bring
If you have a Park pass or valid entrance receipt, please bring it along. If you do not have a pass, you will need to purchase a $20 vehicle pass at the entrance gate the day of the hike if you are driving. The pass will be good for 7 days. If you are riding in our vehicle and do not have a pass, you have an option to purchase a $10 one-time entrance pass or a regular $20 pass.
Suggested to bring
We will also need to know: 1) Is anyone in your group under the age of 17 and if so, what their ages are. 2) Will you have your own transportation to and from the trailhead?
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