Over 270 species of birds have been reported in this area over the last 100 years. Some of these birds live here year-round and some are just passing through. These locales include Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho National Recreation Area, and the towns of Estes Park and Granby. Many of the species in the park are unique to mountainous habitats - aspen, ponderosa pine, high elevation willow, spruce, fir and alpine tundra - found in the Southern Rocky Mountains.
A working list of bird species in the park can be found on the IRMA Portal NPSpecies site.
In 2000, Rocky Mountain National Park was designated a Global Important Bird Area. This designation recognizes the vital role of the park as diverse habitat for a wide variety of bird species. Become familiar with the variety of birds in Rocky below.
The following visual categories of birds are found in the park.
Birds of Prey
Last updated: September 11, 2015