My wife and I have been seeing so many pictures of elk in Estes Park over the years that when we had the chance, we made it a priority to go there and see them for ourselves. Once we got to the town, we realized we had been mislead. The elk where all in Rocky Mountain National Park and only come into town when the snow gets to thick for them to find food. The people we talked to said that there might be some in town from time to time, but mostly the pictures we where seeing where out in the country and not in the city.
Since that proved to be a bust, we drove through the park to see what we could find. The first three bulls where in the tundra, or right at the line where the trees stop, which is where I was expecting to find them this time of the year. I guess believing that they would be in a city during the heat of summer was naive on my part. The fourth bull was with a few cows down a bit lower. All of them where in the rut with herds of cows. The two middle pictures where bugling pretty steady!!!! For my wife and I, there is nothing that compares to watching a bull elk bugle!!!!!
These pictures where all taken on Thursday, Sep 1st.