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A few years ago the mayor of Estes Park officially decreed the month of October to be known as 'Elktober'. This may seem strange to outsiders, but residents and frequent visitors know that the hundreds of elk that call this area home are a very special part of our local culture. Those who are even more in the know understand that autumn is the perfect time of year to honor and celebrate these majestic creatures, for this is... more

Summer in the Rocky Mountains is full of outdoor activities, from the extreme to tranquil. The  Rocky Mountain Conservency  shares a helpful list of fly-fishing hotspots and tips of the trade for those looking for solitude along the lakes and rivers in the Rocky Mountains: Fisheries in Rocky Mountain National Park have a long history. Before the park was established, inn keepers and lodge holders would stock ponds and lakes... more

Tips for Winter Wildlife Watching

Posted on December 4, 2014 1:39 PM by Visit Estes Park
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Tags: Wildlife, Winter, Things to Do

As winter quickly pushes into Estes Park, we quickly prepare for the season in our own particular ways. Some may pull out their warm winter clothes for a season full of outdoor activities, others may stack the firewood beside their home and the books beside their bed for a cozy winter spent indoors, while others may simply choose to find a warmer place for the season. Interestingly, animals tend to follow a very similar pattern in... more

An Elk Moves In To A Local Resort

Posted on November 6, 2014 4:18 PM by Visit Estes Park
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Estes Park is known for its abundant wildlife, where elk stroll through the village streets, bighorn sheep observe the world below from rocky cliffs and marmots scurry across the tundra. What is unique is when one of the famous Estes Park elk takes up residence at a local resort each winter! McGregor Mountain Lodge  a picturesque resort property with cabins and suites perfect for a true Estes Park getaway, has welcomed its... more

What is the Elk Rut All About?

Posted on August 28, 2014 8:22 AM by Visit Estes Park
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Tags: Wildlife, Fall

Rocky Mountain National Park is a special place during autumn. Why, you ask? From the end of August through October, in addition to the beautiful changing leaves, it is mating season for the Elk! The name for this process is formally called the Rut. The Rut is very intricate. It's not simply one display from a bull elk followed by a cow elk accepting. The Rut is much more complicated and difficult for the bull elk. There are five... more

Estes Park Wildlife Watching 101

Posted on July 9, 2014 4:40 PM by Visit Estes Park
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Tags: Wildlife, Estes Park

With thousands of acres of unadulterated habitat, real wildlife experiences come easy in and around the village of Estes Park! Nearby environments are home to more than 63 species of animals, including bear, deer, elusive mountain lion and bobcat, and bighorn sheep. Whether you're walking around quieter sections of Estes Park, taking a scenic drive, or traveling Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, chances are good... more

As spring gently arrives in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, the sweet sounds of birds chirping throughout the day return the mountains. Grab your binoculars and head out to these birding hot spots suggested by our guest blogger, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy : There is a glimpse of color in the air with a sweet melody, which means that birds are back from their migration so now is a great time to go bird watching. There... more

Estes Elk Watch

Posted on September 4, 2013 9:43 AM by Visit Estes Park
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Tags: Elk

Autumn is upon Estes Park and the sounds of the season are starting to be heard throughout the valley. The annual elk rut has begun! Located just 90 minutes from Denver and surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park is home to one of the country's largest wild elk concentrations. Every September and October, the town of 5,000 (people) experiences a population boom unlike any other when its 3,000 elk... more

As summer fades into autumn in Estes Park, the days still have a hint of warmth, while the night provide just enough chill to enjoy a campfire. During late September, the aspen leaves begin to change into vibrant yellows and oranges, creating a brilliant contrast next to the green pines. The echoes of elk bugling carry throughout the valley while elk herds of hundreds can be seen in prime viewing locations. Watch this annual ritual as... more

The Estes Park 'Tail'gate

Posted on June 1, 2013 10:14 AM by Brooke Burnham
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Tags: Elk, Wildlife

Beginning in mid-September, as Estes Park's aspen leaves slowly fade from their brilliant summer green hues to shimmering gold, the famous elk herds in the area begin their annual rut (mating) season. With the colorful backsplash providing the setting, the memorable sound of high-pitch mating calls fills the air. There are plenty of places to enjoyably listen to, and watch, these spectacular forces of nature. Among the many ways... more