Nature and Wildlife
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:
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!
As winter is approaching, the animals are starting to get ready. Pictures taken in early November.
The alpine tundra is amazing this year up on Trail Ridge Road
This cute fellow was so intent on nibbling on his nut that he let us get really close to take his picture.
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.