April 01 – 11, 2022
Tour Length: 11 days
Est. Spaces Left: 0
Double Accommodation: $3,575/person
Single Supplement: + $575
Max Group Size
14 (2 leaders)
Easy ; many early mornings and long drives
Our trip to stunning Denali National Park and the Denali Highway is as much about large mammals, including some of the great predators, as birds. We expect to see bird species like Trumpeter Swan, Willow Ptarmigan, Gyrfalcon, Long-tailed Jaeger, Northern Hawk Owl and Smith’s Longspur. We will also, however, most certainly see a number of Grizzly Bears as well as Caribou, Dall Sheep, Moose and, if we get lucky, a Wolf.
We will see magnificent Mount McKinley or Denali (The Great One) and spend two nights just outside the Park, taking the park shuttle 60 miles and getting off at some places if we wish to spend more time looking for birds. We’ll also spend a couple of days on the little-traveled Denali Highway, staying in comfortable cabins on a creek in the Tangle Lakes region.
Colorado is the best place in the country for finding all the species of Prairie-chicken and many if the Grouse. Its varied topography, ranging from prairie grasslands through high plains to subalpine forests and alpine tundra, supports as many as 500 species of birds; its geographical location astride the Continental Divide provides a mix of eastern, western, northern, and southwestern species not easily found together anywhere else.
Our trip will take us from the eastern prairies of Colorado into the high Rocky Mountains, covering about 2000 miles in searching for our target species. In order to see many of these species at their leks at dawn, we’ll need to be up and out by 4:00 or 4:30 AM. We expect to find Greater and Lesser Prairie-Chicken; Greater and Gunnison’s Sage-Grouse; Sharp-tailed and Dusky Grouse and, possibly, White-tailed Ptarmigan. Other species of interest include Mountain Plover; Three-toed Woodpecker and Williamson’s Sapsucker; Rough-legged Hawk; Black, Brown-capped, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; McCown’s and Chestnut-Collared Longspur, and many others.
Great & Lesser Prairie Chicken; Greater & Gunnison Sage-Grouse; Dusky Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan; Chukar; Rough-legged Hawk; American Dipper; Lewis’s Woodpecker; Three-toed Woodpecker; Junpier Titmouse; Pinyon Jay; Black, Gray-crowned, Brown-capped Rosy-Finch; Pine Grosbeak; Mountain Chickadee.
Big Horned Sheep, Pronghorn, Coyote, Black Bear
Wonderful scenery, mountain views, prairie dog colonies.
- Texas 2022: Spring Migration & Hill Country
Denver International Airport @ Noon; will meet at arrivals exit in Jeppesen Terminal (main concourse)
Very comfortable hotels; some fine Colorado restaurants.
From Denver, includes nine nights lodging, all
meals, transportation, entry fees, guides, taxes,
Alcohol, phone calls, laundry, other personal expenses.
Short-grass and long-grass prairie, foothills, mountains, montaine forest
In the early spring, we can encounter very wintry weather including snow. Temperatures can be in the 20’s early in the morning at some of the leks. Please make sure to bring layers! It can also be quite warm (60 degrees or more) in some areas of Colorado.
Suggested Clothing and Gear
Credit cards / cash
Scope and tripod (optional)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Small day pack / fanny pack
Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
Itch relief cream
Prescription drugs – carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
Small alarm clock
Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
Note pads/pens (we provide trip checklists)
Hat with brim/visor
Rain jacket/wind breaker
Medium-weight long pants
Medium-weight long-sleeved shirts
Warm hat with visor
Waterproof winter jacket (Gore-tex or equivalent)
Warm winter jacket
Warm, waterproof gloves (and backup pair)
Long sleeve shirts (various weights)
Long Underwear (capilene or polypropylene)
Wool socks (various weights) and liners.
- National Geographic Field Guide to The Birds of North America (7th Edition) Jon Dunn, et. al. 2017, National Geographic Society
- A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors Brian Wheeler & William Clark
- The Sibley Guide to Birds David A. Sibley (2000), Knopf