Nature and Wildlife

Why can't I find a place for just one night in Estes Park?

Elk at Castle Mountain Lodge

We see lots of Lodging Availability Request Forms for visitors looking for a one night stay in Estes Park during summer.  Frustrated to find that most lodges have a 3 night minimum stay during high season (summer & early fall), what options do visitors have?  Here are some ideas:

When do Elk Shed their Antlers?

Elk Antlers Shed

Around mid to late winter elk antlers fall off naturally and start regrowing for the elk's next Fall Rut display.  Sometime in March to April is prime time for finding one of these trophy prizes!

Wildlife getting ready for Winter

As winter is approaching, the animals are starting to get ready.  Pictures taken in early November.

Big Horn Sheep Male

Male Deer

Big Horn Sheep with harem of females

Alpine Tundra in August on Trail Ridge Road

The alpine tundra is amazing this year up on Trail Ridge Road

alpine tundra view

alpine tundra yellow purple flowers



Tree Squirrels in Rocky Mountain National Park

tree squirrel

This cute fellow was so intent on nibbling on his nut that he let us get really close to take his picture.

Dragonflies of Summer at Lily Lake

Estes Park Lily Lake Dragonflies


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

Coyote Cubs

The Month of May in Rocky Mountain National Park

Chapin Crags in May

Changing Weather

Rocky Mountain National Park is Waking Up for Spring!

Wyoming Ground Squirrel

The Surprising Role of Lichen: How RMNP was Made

Colorful Lichen on a Rock

Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated lifeforms in Rocky Mountain National Park are the large variety of lichens growing on the rocks and trees.  Not only are lichen colorful and an important food source for the park's beloved elk, but they actually played an important role in creating RMNP as we know it.