June - A Gold Banner Month

Moraine Park Gold Banner Sunrise

The Gold Banner is one of the most common flowers in the lower elevations of Rocky Mountain National Park, and in Estes Park.  It starts blooming in the lower elevations as early as April, but the best displays are usually in early to mid June.  This beauty is a relative of peas, and is slightly poisonous which helps explains why you find it everywhere elk like to graze.  Elk generally leave it alone until later in the season when the toxicity decline.  They can take a few bites, but most blossoms live long and happy lives, adding stunning color to our June.

Guest Blogger is Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.  You can schedule a tour with Yellow Wood Guiding by clicking here.