June in Rocky Mountain National Park: It's Baby Time!

Coyote Cubs

The month of June is "baby time" all over the park.  Predators like coyotes, give birth about a month before the herding species.  Early June is a great time to see coyote puppies and Great Horned Owlets.  By mid-moth, many of them will be well on their way to adulthood, which means eating solid food prey.  On the other hand, elk, moose calves, mule deer fawns, and big horn lambs will still be nursing for another month.  Spying a mother nursing her young, or playful pups wrestling are sweet moments to witness in the wild, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them as you travel through RMNP this month!

Guest Blogger: Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.  If you are interested in booking a guided tour of RMNP you can learn more about Jared's services at 

The Month of May in Rocky Mountain National Park

Chapin Crags in May

Changing Weather

May is the wettest month in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Each year brings the familiar pattern of spring snows relenting to warmer days, only to quickly return with more snow and rain showers.  Contrary to what you might think, it's a great time to be in the park (providing you are properly outfitted for the weather).  With all the precipitation comes thousands of small flowers, green grass, and many opportunities for roadside sightings of wildlife.  Since the grass is so short, May is an ideal time to watch coyotes, and if you're lucky, you might be able to see badgers hunt for fossorial mammals.  Early in the month of May it is a good time to spot the big horn sheep up close - often on the side of the road on Route 34.  If you plan on coming for a visit to Estes Park and RMNP in May, bring a parka and boots you can get muddy.  Plan to stay for about a week if you can, because on the days with poor weather you can spend them looking for wildlife, and when the sun comes out you can enjoy an amazing hike!


blog post by Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.  Click here for more info on how you can schedule a wildlife tour of RMNP.