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BEGINS IN: FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

Birding the High Plains and Rocky Mountains of Southern Wyoming

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Program #18923RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
5,000 - 10,500 feet

Equipment Requirements
Binoculars, bird book-field guide, clothing for variable weather, walking shoes (grass-weeds can be damp in mornings)

Itinerary for Jun 8 — Jun 14, 2014

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Type: Motel

Contact info:
914 S College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524 USA
phone: 888-484-2984
Room amenities: Cable satellite television, Coffee/tea maker, Hairdryer, Iron, ironing board, Dataports, High-speed Internet access available in some rooms free, In-room safe, Poolside rooms available.

Facility amenities: Complimentary coffee, Complimentary newspaper, Year-round glass retractable roofed pool including hot tub and fitness room, Guest laundry, front loading washers, 24-hour front desk, Free parking.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call motel for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Check-in and orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrivals at motel by 5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at a popular local restaurant

Evening: Required orientation and introductory lecture

Lodging: Best Western University Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Gourmet dining, hand-crafted microbrews, pampering spa treatments, healing mineral hot springs, comfortable accommodations, and our friendly staff await your visit.

Contact info:
601 East Pic Pike Road
Saratoga, WY 82331 USA
phone: 800-594-0178
web: www.sarartogaresortandspa.com

Room amenities: 50 guest rooms and suites. Your lodge room is complete with a rustic flare including featherbeds, Pendleton blankets, locally crafted lodge pole beds and prints of the olden day west by Charles Russell and Frederick Remington.

Facility amenities: 70-foot natural hot spring mineral pool for a well earned reprieve after an active, adventurous summer day.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - Poudre Canyon, Cameron Pass, North Park, Arapaho ...
Note: Walks in the morning on mostly level terrain, roads, and boardwalks at Sate Park Visitor Center of 1/2 mile: afternoon walks one for 3/4 mile and one for 1/2 mile at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.

Breakfast: Motel continental breakfast

Morning: We depart Fort Collins by way of scenic Cameron Pass and Poudre Canyon. We will stop at a State Visitor Center for a walk and to visit the exhibits looking for Moose and many song birds.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in downtown Walden.

Afternoon: We drive through the high valley of North Park completely surrounded by snowy peaks. We will pay a visit to the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge a few miles south of Walden. We will arrive at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort late afternoon.

Dinner: We dine this evening at the Resort.

Evening: Time for a soak or swim in the Resort's private natural hot springs pools.

Lodging: Saratoga Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Gourmet dining, hand-crafted microbrews, pampering spa treatments, healing mineral hot springs, comfortable accommodations, and our friendly staff await your visit.

Contact info:
601 East Pic Pike Road
Saratoga, WY 82331 USA
phone: 800-594-0178
web: www.sarartogaresortandspa.com

Room amenities: 50 guest rooms and suites. Your lodge room is complete with a rustic flare including featherbeds, Pendleton blankets, locally crafted lodge pole beds and prints of the olden day west by Charles Russell and Frederick Remington.

Facility amenities: 70-foot natural hot spring mineral pool for a well earned reprieve after an active, adventurous summer day.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - North Platte River Valley and High Plains Reservo...
Note: Two Morning walks, first is 1/2 mile on level trail along river; second is 1 mile along lake on level road. Afternoon one or two short walks at Ranch.

Breakfast: Resort continental breakfast

Morning: For the morning we’ll drive in the Saratoga Valley, visiting and walking at the Saratoga Lake wetlands and riparian areas along the North Platte River. We look for songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds.

Lunch: We dine at the Saratoga Resort Restaurant

Afternoon: We drive north from Saratoga to the Wyoming Game and Fish Wick Habitat Management Unit near Arlington. This is an opportunity to observe more bird species plus Pronghorn, Deer and smaller mammals. Also this site has been developed for wind energy and we will learn by expert lecture the pros and cons especially for birds and wildlife of wind turbine farms such as we will observe.

Dinner: We dine at a historic hotel restaurant in downtown Saratoga

Evening: Enjoy lodge and hot springs pools

Lodging: Saratoga Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2229 Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070 USA
phone: 307-745-5500
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=LARLAGI

Room amenities: High definition television, microwave, refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. For conducting business, spacious work desk, two telephones with data port and voicemail and complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access.

Facility amenities: Fitness Room, Indoor Pool and hot tub, business center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Snowy Range of the Rockies
Note: Morning short stops and very short walks. Afternoon at Happy Jack, 1.5 miles on trail and road with some hills.

Breakfast: Resort continental breakfast

Morning: We drive from Saratoga, WY to Laramie via the Snowy Range National Scenic Highway. Short stops along the way. The alpine wildflower season will be beginning, snow will be encountered too and birds we will see along the way may include Cassin’s Finch, Pine Grosbeak, American Dipper, and American Three-toed Woodpecker.

Lunch: Box lunch in the Snowy Range Mountains

Afternoon: We drive East birding the Little Laramie River Valley. Afternoon birdwalk on the Happy Jack trails, US National Forest land 12 miles east of Laramie. Target species for the birdwalk will include Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red Crossbill, Red-napped Sapsucker, Northern Goshawk. We return mid-afternoon to Laramie, to check-in to the hotel.

Dinner: We dine at a local Laramie Restaurant

Evening: Short optional bird walk on the University of Wyoming Campus.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Laramie

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
2229 Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070 USA
phone: 307-745-5500
web: hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=LARLAGI

Room amenities: High definition television, microwave, refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. For conducting business, spacious work desk, two telephones with data port and voicemail and complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access.

Facility amenities: Fitness Room, Indoor Pool and hot tub, business center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - Grasslands and Wildlife Refuges of Laramie Plains
Note: Van travel with several short stops and walks up to 1/2 mile.

Breakfast: Full Buffet Breakfast in Hotel

Morning: A tour of the grasslands and Plains Lakes, including Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, is on today’s agenda. We will bird our way to the refuge and spend the morning there. Target species include White-faced Ibis, Black-crowned Night Heron, Wilson’s Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Sage Thrasher, McCowen’s Longspur, Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and Prairie Falcon.

Lunch: We return for lunch at a restaurant in Laramie.

Afternoon: We travel into the Southern Plains of the Laramie area with a canyon stop on the Wyoming-Colorado Border to search for Prairie Falcons that also may be nesting.

Dinner: We dine at a local restaurant in Laramie.

Evening: After dinner in Laramie we may, weather permitting, take a drive north of town in search of Mountain Plovers and Burrowing Owls.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Laramie

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Contact info:
914 S College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524 USA
phone: 888-484-2984
Room amenities: Cable satellite television, Coffee/tea maker, Hairdryer, Iron, ironing board, Dataports, High-speed Internet access available in some rooms free, In-room safe, Poolside rooms available.

Facility amenities: Complimentary coffee, Complimentary newspaper, Year-round glass retractable roofed pool including hot tub and fitness room, Guest laundry, front loading washers, 24-hour front desk, Free parking.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call motel for information
Reserve directly with hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 13 - High Plains of the Rockies: Vedauwoo; Hereford Ra...
Note: Walking up to 1 mile in morning on flat gravel surfaces; afternoon walk of 1 mile some short up and downhill stretches

Breakfast: Full Buffet Breakfast in Hotel

Morning: We travel west out of Cheyenne to the Lincoln Highway high point and the US Forest Service Recreation area called Vedauwoo. We walk along a forest path surrounded by impressive rock spires birding the migratory and nesting birds of the area.

Lunch: Local restaurant in Cheyenne

Afternoon: Travel east from Cheyenne. Our stop is the historic Wyoming Hereford working cattle ranch. In 2008, out of 123 bird species observed in the Cheyenne area, 81 were observed at WHR. Audubon Wyoming has designated WHR as an IBA (important bird area) and is one of the better birding sites in Wyoming. Target species will include an assortment of waterfowl, Willet, American Avocet, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Belted Kingfisher. We return to Fort Collins mid-afternoon.

Dinner: We dine tonight at a local favorite restaurant in Fort Collins.

Evening: Farewells and compiling program birding list.

Lodging: Best Western University Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, June 14 - Departure after breakfast
Note: Motel check-out is 11 AM

Breakfast: Motel continental buffet

Morning: Departures after Breakfast, Check-out time 11 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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7 Expert-led lectures
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