SOURCE: Colorado Tourism Office

Colorado Tourism Office

May 31, 2016 11:12 ET

Colorado's Wildlife Invites Visitors to Capture Extraordinary Moments This Fall

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - With over 900 species of wildlife spanning across more than 350 wildlife areas, Colorado leaves spectators speechless as they take in the rich colors of autumn coupled with the mating and migratory traditions of the state's wild inhabitants. For more information, visit http://www.colorado.com/activities/wildlife-viewing.

Panorama Point (Boulder). Just one mile up Flagstaff Road, visitors can make the drive up to Panorama Point on a clear morning to capture shots of Boulder's expansive landscape and wildlife.

Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park). Mid-September to mid-October marks the peak of the elk rut in Rocky Mountain National Park, where more than 3,200 elk reside.

Mount Evans (Clear Creek County). The highest paved road in North America invites visitors to Colorado's inspiring high mountain environment where mountain goats and bighorn sheep often graze roadside.

Rawah Ranch (Glendevey). Visitors can view and photograph a myriad of wildlife including the Shiras moose from horseback and local hiking trails at Rawah Ranch.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail (Glenwood Springs). Visitors can rent a bike and follow the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path into Glenwood Canyon, where bighorn sheep scramble up the cliffs.

Pawnee National Grassland (Greeley). Pronghorn antelope, mule deer, coyote, badger, swift fox and a large variety of birds are just a few of the species that call the prairie home.

North Park (Jackson County). Recognized by state legislature as the "Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado," the town of Walden in North Park is an excellent fall wildlife viewing area.

South Park National Heritage Area (Park County). One of the most popular locations to enjoy the breathtaking golden colors and wildlife in Colorado is from the top of Kenosha Pass and along the Colorado Trail.

North Sterling State Park (Sterling). The wildlife, plants and geology of North Sterling State Park's large, spacious reservoir on the high plains offers an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Colorado Birding Trail (Statewide). A network of hundreds of sites where visitors can watch birds and other wildlife, the Colorado Birding Trail is made up of a series of driving routes that each have a unique trail name and are composed of several watchable wildlife sites.

Colorado Fall Wildlife Events:

Moose Festival (State Forest State Park, August 22). Learn about moose, their habitat and how to observe them safely in the wild. The festival includes expert speakers, workshops, family activities and more.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival (Steamboat Springs, September 10 - 14). Guided sunrise and sunset Greater Sandhill Cranes viewings, workshops and family activities are just a few of the highlights of this year's migration.

Estes Park Elk Festival (Estes Park October 3 - 4). Elk Fest offers visitors a chance to view elk during the rutting season in the wild, as well as expand their knowledge of the species.

Colorado Owl Festival (Pueblo, October 7 - 8). New this year, this all-things-owl festival has been moved to the fall season and features live owl demonstrations, night hikes, presentations by owl experts and more.

10th Annual Bighorn Sheep Festival (Georgetown, November 12). The festival is timed to coincide with the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep's head-banging mating season, often referred to as "the clash."

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