1. CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Mule deer, wild turkeys and elk are popular residents of Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Prairie dogs can be seen scurrying along the trails which bring coyotes and even red-trailed fox. The park is also a popular place for birding with 100 species twittering about. Larger mammals like bobcats, bears and mountain lions also hunker down here but aren’t often seen.
2. MUELLER STATE PARK
Mueller State Park offers 50 miles of trails and 5,000 acres of paradise for campers and those seeking the outdoors. This park is extremely popular for watching wildlife including elk, black bears, hawks and mule deer. The park offers campgrounds, cabins, yurts, a camper-services building and horse trailer parking. Mueller's campground is located in a picturesque forest setting made of spruce, fir, pine and aspen trees with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains.
3. PIKE NATIONAL FOREST
Pike National Forest is home to some of the most abundant wildlife viewing in the region that range from turkeys to Moose. There are three official designated wilderness areas that lie within the forest that are part of the national wilderness preservation system.
4. PIKES PEAK – AMERICA'S MOUNTAIN
Keep your eyes peeled as you cruise the steep twists and turns on the Pikes Peak Highway. Herds of bighorn sheep are often found grazing on the mountain while chubby marmots sun themselves on the rocks above the timberline. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive pika - arguably the cutest rare critter on the mountain.
BONUS: BIRDS ON THE BRAIN
There are more than 27 Rocky Mountain region trails on the Pikes Peak Birding Trail. Locations include Bear Creek Park, Garden of the Gods, Bluestem Prarie Open Space and more. The Pikes Peak region is known as the state’s premier migrant trap.
Want a guaranteed animal sighting?
Head over to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo where you can hand-feed a friendly giraffe and hop around with wallabies. Become part of the pack at Colorado Wold and Wildlife Center, where rescued wolves and foxes help to educate and promote conservation.