Crews are working to improve access to and from Rocky Mountain National Park with the Downtown Estes Loop Project.

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Distancing from Wildlife

In these days of physical distancing, our new normal is to stay home, and when leaving for essentials, we should be at least 6 feet away from other humans. So it feels natural to remind ourselves that the distance between us and wildlife is much farther (at least 75 feet) and is a rule that should…

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What's Up with the Elk Rut?

The sound of a bull elk bugling during mating season is one of the most plaintive and captivating things that you can hear in the mountains, and it happens every fall in Estes Park. It begins with a few growly bars, increases a few registers to a high-pitch scream and then ends with a series of…

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An Insider’s Guide to Wildlife Watching in Estes Park

Written by Emma Walker for Matcha in partnership with Visit Estes Park. There are countless draws to visit Estes Park, Colorado: Seeing the wildlife that inhabit the high-altitude Rocky Mountains is near the top of the list. The area is home to dozens of species of mammals, more than 250 types of…

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5 Fall Itineraries in Estes Park

5 ways to do fall in Estes. Leaf Peeper There are so many ways to see the leaves. Hiking and scenic drives are the most obvious – and for good reason! Check out our 10 favorite trails for leaf-peeping, because the only thing more magical than seeing the golden aspens from afar, is walking through…

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8 Fascinating Facts About Elk

Often known as the unofficial mascots of Estes Park, the elk are certainly the most oft-spotted, and popular wildlife around. But how much do you really know about these magnificent mammals? Here are a few of the most fascinating – and occasionally weird – elk facts. AMAZING ANTLERS: An elk’s…

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11 Tips to Nail Your Dream Elk Shot

Expert photography tips from a local Estes Park pro One of the surefire joys of visiting Estes Park are the all-but-guaranteed life list wildlife sightings. And tops for most aspiring photographers is capturing one of our eminently majestic elk. Estes local Dawn Wilson moved to Colorado in 2002, and…

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