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Elk Rut

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Overview

Every year during the Elk rut opens an opportunity to capture the most desired wildlife memories in Rocky Mountain National Park - watching elk during their mating season. Hearing bull elk bugles across the valley and spare against competing bulls trying to take their harem of cow(female) elk.

We will be traversing Among the peaks of mountains, abundant wildlife is everywhere around you. You will be traversing across the plains and mountains both on foot, and from your vehicle. 

Elk are unpredictable so our journey will adapt per the wildlife conditions. Sometimes the best views and observation are done short distance from the road, other times it requires a trek down a trail and around a bend.

Trip Highlights

  • No time constraints - as a guide we can provide the ability to bypass the park ticketing timed entry system and enter RMNP at any time
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities - elk is our focus but mule deer, moose, and sheep may also be present
  • Learn tips and advice on how to plan backpacking trips from expert guides
  • Experience viewing glacial rips in the earth and mountains that engulf the sky
  • Traversing all 3 ecosystems of the park - montane, subalpine and alpine
  • Adhere to Leave No Trace practices

    Details about RMNP

    Rocky Mountain National Park is the 5th largest national park in the United States and one of the best in the country for viewing wildlife. Over 4.6 million visitors come every year from around the world. RMNP is one of the nations highest parks by elevation with 77 peaks over 12,00ft in height. The park is renowned for its over 355 miles of hiking trails ranging from flat and hilly meadows to steep mountain climbs.

    Length of Excursion

    • 3 hrs

    Age restrictions

    All ages are welcome.

    Group Size Details

    • 1-5

    Physical Activity level

    Moderate - The air is thinner at higher altitudes so all physical activity can be a challenge. You should plan to walk/hike for this tour. It is not a stationary/in-car experience beyond driving to a destination, which we will then begin our excursions outside of the vehicles.

    Activities

    This trip's physical activity is rated Low. Everyone should be capable of walking between 1-3 miles carrying a water bottle or backpack weighing less than 5lbs. At higher elevations, it is common to become short of breath walking.

    Your comfort level is our priority so we cater our route, destinations and plans based on your group(all adults, adults+kids, etc). Our guides will personally call you after booking to outline and cover these important details of your group to ensure everyone has an amazing trip. There is no such thing as 1 size fits all excursions, so our focus is on personalization.

    What's Included

    Professional guide and instruction; snacks; water filter; group cooking gear; group first aid kit; reservation timed permit fees; binoculars; group photo; candid photography; dad jokes

    Transportation

    Traveling in the park will be done by your own vehicle transportation. We will have radios to communicate en route to our respective destinations within the park. Cell phones service is unreliable due to the mountains and natural areas.

    Packed by us

    • Water filter
    • Photography equipment
    • Sunscreen
    • Snacks
    • Group medical kit
    • GPS
    • Emergency Radio
    • Maps
    • Trekking poles

    Packed/Worn by you

    • Sunscreen
    • Hat
    • +62oz water bottle(Nalgene/Hydroflask/Yeti) or Camelbak bladder
    • Water in your water bottle
    • Hiking boots or supportive shoes(no open toe sandals)
    • Long sleeve lightweight tops
    • Pants - lightweight; not jeans(optional)
    • Fleece jacket or insulated vest
    • Beanie(optional)
    • Lightweight winter gloves(optional)
    • Rain jacket or poncho
    • Medications needed

    Contact for questions

    thomas@estesparktourguides.com

    Weather

    We start our excursions on time in rain, shine, snow or sleet. Please call 24hrs in advance if you are concerned about the weather, and want to reschedule.

    Cancellation policy

    Full refund if 24hrs notice is provided. Less than 24hrs will require a gift card or reschedule.

    Itinerary

    We will meet at the Estes Park Visitors Center in front of the building facing the street(North). Please arrive 5-10mintues BEFORE our departure time. Our guide will be standing out front ready to greet you.

    500 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park CO 80517

     This is not a bus tour. Please ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas

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