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Fall Color Scenic Ecology Elk Tour

Rocky Mountain Conservancy
  • Redeemable: Thursday, Sep 7, 2023 - Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
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It’s impossible to ignore the magic of fall in the Rockies! The fall rut is a spectacular display of elk mating behavior featuring bugling, posturing, and herding displays by the bulls. Paired with the reds and golds of fall foliage, this extraordinary event will be available for viewing from the comfort of our 14-passenger minibus staffed by a professional educational guide who will discuss elk ecology, interpret elk behavior for guests, and have elk artifacts such as antlers and hides for participants to see and touch.

This tour is approximately 3 hours in length and is suitable for all ages. All required park entrance fees and permits are included in your registration.

When: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in September and early October, departing at 3:00 p.m. Approximate return time is 6:00 p.m. Our return may be delayed due to traffic conditions in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Where: Meet your guide and board the bus at the Estes Park Visitor Center, 500 Big Thompson Ave, downtown Estes Park.

Questions? Call Rocky Mountain Conservancy at 970-586-3262 or email us at