Annual birding heritage and petroglyph tours, May 17-20, 2018

The wildlife and cultural history of Southeast Colorado will be on display during the 13th Annual Bent on Birding Festival and 21st Annual Santa Fe Trail Auto Tours, Thursday May 17 through Sunday, May 20 in Bent County. 

Petroglyphs, birding, wildlife, dinosaur tracks, history, geology, and archaeology - dubbed, 'The Trail That Has It All' in the Southeastern Colorado Trail Guide.

Arrangements are still in progress, but some events have been set up.


Thursday, John Martin Dam a.m. tour. Special events for this year include  a free pre-tour Thursday at 1 p.m. of the interior of historical John Martin Dam. 

Friday, canyons on a private ranch with petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks will be featured on a field trip, weather permitting (4W drive vehicles required).

Saturday at 10 a.m. following a bird trail tour is the free Raptor Center Live Bird Show. A park permit is needed.
This area includes sightings of over 400 bird species, including the endangered Piping Plover, the Mountain and Snowy Plovers, and Least Terns. The elusive Black Rail, Virginia and Sora Rails live in John Martin marshes as well as the Arkansas and Purgatoire Riverbeds, along with wild turkey, deer, antelope, elk, and more.

The Semi-palmated, Black-bellied and American-Golden Plovers migrate through. This area has more large reservoirs and playa lakes than other parts of the state. There is also the Old Santa Fe Trail for its historical significance. 

For more information or to register: email, or call John Martin Reservoir, (719) 829-1801, or (719) 456-0485.