Colorado Grouse

  1. 2018
    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
    Tour Duration: 
    11 days
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Denver
    Guide: 
    Number of Persons Limit: 
    12
Highlights

• Superlative wildlife, from memorable lekking grouse to rosy-finches and large mammals

• Excellent bird and mammal watching across a range of elevations and habitats

• Spectacular mountain scenery and canyonlands

 

Overview

Join us on our Colorado grouse birding tour to experience an amazing wildlife spectacle - the foot-stomping, cooing and cackling of lekking grouse!  

April in Colorado is a wonderful time of year. Snow-capped peaks straddling the Continental Divide, immense prairies and plains, wildlife-rich riparian corridors, and magnificent canyons and remarkable rock formations. And April is the time when Greater and Gunnison Sage-Grouse, and Lesser and Greater Prairie-Chickens are foot-stomping, cooing and cackling, as the males try to impress females and dominate rivals.

Travel around Colorado and Utah is usually easy (as long as we do not experience a late snowfall!), with fine accommodations, and although there are several long drives, we travel through superlative and photogenic scenery. Mesas along the Colorado River, extensive grasslands and sagebrush, many snow-capped peaks over 4000 metres, magnificent canyons and wonderful vistas, alkaline lakes, and beautiful montane spruce-fir forests.  Target species include Mountain Plover, all three rosy-finches, Dusky Grouse, Pinyon Jay, McCown’s Longspur, and a host of mammals: Bighorn Sheep, Pronghorn, Elk, Mule Deer, Coyote and Red Fox.

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Colorado

Day 2. Pueblo and Granada

Day 3. Lesser Prairie-Chicken lek and Cottonwood Canyon

Day 4. Greater Prairie-Chicken lek

Day 5. Pawnee Grasslands

Day 6. Drive to Walden

Day 7. Greater Sage-Grouse lek and drive to Craig

Day 8. Sharp-tailed Grouse, Dusky Grouse and drive to Gunnison

Day 9. Gunnison Sage-Grouse lek

Day 10. Gunnison to Denver

Day 11. Departure

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Featured Wildlife