Estes Park is an area abundant with life, and guests have the opportunity to experience all of the wildlife that calls Estes Park home. Popular wildlife that often can be spotted in Estes Park and surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park includes mule deer, elk, bobcats, and big horn sheep.
In the spring and summer months, migratory birds, such as thrushes, finches, swallows, warblers, bluebirds and hummingbirds are seen throughout the valley; birding is a popular pastime here among both locals and guests from around the world. The fall and winter months bring cooler weather to the town's higher elevations, but migratory waterfowl, mallards, and other birds are easily found around Lake Estes and at lower elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park.
For other viewing opportunities in the area, guests can take a customized wildlife and nature photography safari or ride the Aerial Tramway for overhead views of the area. Rocky Mountain Nature Association offers wildlife identification, viewing and photography classes; and there are several options for guided tours - whether hiking or Jeeping - provided by outfitters in town. Many of the wildlife residents in Estes Park also pop up right downtown - in the fall, guests often see elk roaming the golf course or crossing the streets of the village.