May: The Month of Change in RMNP

Spring in my mind starts in April, but to most folks the first real signs of spring in Rocky Mountain National Park arrive in May. The picture of Moraine Park shows early May, in a mere 3 weeks the entire meadow will be green and lush. The dead tan grass will give way to wildflower patches dotting the landscape. The river will swell nearly above it banks as the spring snow melts. The snowy peaks will keep their white caps, but the weather pattern will finally change to offer us more clear mornings and less chance of a snow storm. Note I said "less chance."

May is the season for migrating birds, each year some rare birds show up around Estes Park. Probably the most enchanting change of May will be the arrival of baby animals at the end of the month like elk calves to baby birds. The park really comes alive in May.

Guest Post by Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.

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(If you are visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, we highly recommend a guided tour with Jared. His outstanding knowlegde of flora, fauna, and RMNP itself coupled with an easy, friendly demeanor assure that your visit into the park will be memorable and inspiring!)