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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

Get off the road this autumn to take in the brilliant colors of the fall leaves in Estes Park. From epic endeavors to leisurely explorations, there are so many different ways to take your leaf-peeping beyond the scenic drives. Read on for our local recommendations on the 8 best ways to get off the road and find hidden stashes of fall foliage in Estes Park, Colorado! 1. Biking the Trails Start pedaling! Mountain biking , whether... more

Top 10 Trails for Leaf Peeping

Posted on July 15, 2016 2:24 PM
Tags: Fall, Hiking, Views

Autumn in the Estes Valley is a great time to visit, with cooler temperatures, the elk rut, and of course, fall colors. These brilliant leaves can add a new dynamic to an already wonderful hike. Gem Lake – Lumpy Ridge Trailhead - 3.5 mi round trip Not only does the Gem Lake trail offer a path through the aspen groves, it also gives a panoramic view at the Estes Park Lookout over the entire valley and Longs Peak. Bierstadt Lake -... more

Head Outdoors to Enjoy the Autumn Colors & Crisp Air

Posted on September 12, 2014 12:05 PM by Visit Estes Park
Related Categories: Things To Do
Tags: Fall

Autumn is the perfect to time to explore all the outdoor adventure Estes Park has to offer. From fishing along the river, steps from your  cabin  to hiking a few of the 300 miles of trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, the quiet rustle of golden aspen leaves welcome you to indulge in this breathtaking season in the Rocky Mountains. With legs strong from a summer on the trails, hikers tackle some of  Rocky Mountain... more

What is the Elk Rut All About?

Posted on August 28, 2014 8:22 AM by Visit Estes Park
Related Categories: Wildlife
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

Fall for Estes Park this Autumn

Posted on August 19, 2014 3:44 PM by Visit Estes Park
Related Categories: Family Fun
Tags: Fall

Every season brings its unique set of treasures, but fall is truly magical. Here are the highlights of what you'll find as the summer draws to an end in our breathtaking valley. KEEP TABS ON TAILS Hear the call of bull elk as they bugle their way to finding a mate on a guided elk  expedition. Or watch the drama unfold over a picnic on the tailgate of your car. The best spots in Rocky Mountain National Park to catch the action... more

Up the Flattop Trail

Posted on October 7, 2011 10:11 PM
Related Categories: Things To Do
Tags: Fall, Hiking, Trails

For weeks we had been searching our favorite spots for changing aspen but whole groves stayed stubbornly green. Then suddenly came the explosion of color, a stunning mosaic of gold, orange, red and emerald green aspen everywhere—Bear Lake, Alberta Falls, the Peak to Peak Highway, Endovalley. It was as if nature couldn’t hold back any longer.My wife Lori and I woke early Sunday morning and drove to Bear Lake through aspen... more