Rocky Mountain Elk v2017

We made our annual pilgrimage to Estes Park this past weekend for viewing of the elk rut along with a little camping in Moraine Park. It did not disappoint, and we took in all the action both in the park and in town. In town is always fun as the elk make their way down to the golf course in the late afternoon. The most consistent viewing was from Moraine Park and was accompanied by lots of bugling along with a little rough-housing among bulls. Late on Saturday evening, a couple herds settled down near the edges of the campground and you could hear them throughout the night. Linnea even claimed she could hear bulls locking horns in the wee hours of the morning. Both boys are captivated by animals, and for Joshua watching the elk is one of the few things he will sit still for long periods. Originally, we were planing on camping Sunday night too, but with impinging 8 to 10 inches of snow coming in, we altered plans staying just the day and driving back in the evening. Everyone else most have had a similar plan and we endured a long 3 hour drive home while the cold front and storm rolled in.