Introduction to Birds of Great Sand Dunes

Two sandhill cranes in snow, one standing and one dancing
Sandhill cranes dance in early spring in the San Luis Valley.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Over 250 species of birds have been documented at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. In summer months, many species nest here in tundra, forests, grasslands, or wetlands. Keep your eyes and ears open for the following birds, especially in the Pinon Flats Campground, Mosca Picnic Area, and all the forested trails in the park and preserve:

-Western tanager
-Mountain bluebird
-Red-breasted nuthatch
-Golden eagle
-Pinyon jay
-Gray jay

Sandhill cranes roost in remote wetlands of the national park, but are often seen outside of the park and across the valley during their seasonal fall and spring migrations.

Learn more about the birds of Great Sand Dunes.

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Last updated: April 20, 2021