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Great-horned Owl Fledglings

Pike's Peak and Garden of the Gods

The natural history of the Colorado Springs region


Want to get out of the Denver Metro area for a day and explore some of Colorado’s finest scenic destinations? Colorado Springs is only a little more than an hour drive from Denver and offers majestic views of sandstone rockscapes at Garden of the Gods. If weather conditions permit, we will drive to the top of America’s Mountain – Pike’s Peak – and enjoy sweeping views across the front range. We’ll stop for lunch in the charming town of Manitou Springs, where you can drink water from one of its 8 mineral springs.


This tour can be tailored to your liking: if you are interested in views, we will spend time finding ideal locations for photographs. If you want to find birds and other wildlife, we will take you on a variety of short hikes to look for foothills, montane, subalpine, and alpine species. This tour can produce birds like Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, Townsend’s Solitaire, Canyon Wren, White-throated Swift, Prairie Falcon, American Dipper, Pygmy Nuthatch, Pine Grosbeak, Canada Jay, and if we’re lucky, maybe Brown-capped Rosy-Finch. Bighorn sheep and mule deer are regularly spotted at Garden of the Gods and occasionally we’ll find Rocky Mountain elk in the higher country.


7 am - 3 pm

Meeting Point

Hotel pickup and drop off available within most Denver and Boulder metro locations. If outside of pickup radius, contact us to arrange convenient meeting location

Skill Level

Beginner to Advanced

Group Size

1-4 guests

What's Included

Private door to door transportation, professional guide, lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available upon request), snacks, water, binoculars, spotting scope, reservations and fees



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Our trip with BMA was beyond expectations. Our guide, Ryan, is a personable, friendly, fun and knowledgeable guide. His knowledge of the wildlife, geography, and history of the area is so impressive. His love of nature and conserving it is apparent. He recorded all the wildlife we saw and where we saw it so we have a record of this wonderful experience. A picnic lunch “on top of the world” was a highlight! He asked what we wanted to see and provided it all, even a moose! A true bird whisperer! We will go again with Ryan and highly recommend his tours!

-Susan M., New Jersey

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