September 30th - October 1st
The rut is on! Join Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Bond Park in Estes Park September 30th - October 1st as we celebrate the season of wapiti wooing.
Visitors can attend education presentations, listen to live music, visit vendors and other booths, enjoy a cool beverage at the Wallowing Hole Beer Garden, cheer on Sunday’s bugling contest participants and more.
CPW provides multiple education booths, an Elk Camp simulation to provide hunting information, public elk biology and management seminars, and our expert volunteer guides provide biological and behavioral information, as well as responsible viewing tips where elk are located in town.
For more information, visit the Estes Park Elk Fest web page.
Hike: Turkey Cabin Overlook TrailFriday, September 22
Travel a trail not often visited but well worth the view with Naturalist Russ. See where a historic cabin used to stand. 3.5 mile hike.
Full Moon HikeFriday, September 22
Envision yourself taking an evening hike while experiencing the setting sun and the rising full moon. Explore Barr Lake at dusk with Park Naturalists and enjoy a fall evening outdoors!
HOOTenanny Owl & Music FestivalSaturday, September 23
Come participate in this one-of-a-kind family event – no other nonprofit pairs owls and music like we do! Now in its 7th year! Discover the secret life of owls through crafts, activities, interactive tables, and live owl demonstrations. Join local owl experts to learn more about Colorado owls, owl conservation, and see live owls up close with Nature’s Educators. Investigate owl pellets (aka owl puke) in “Whoo’s for Dinner?” shop for owl merchandise in the Nature Center gift shop, or create an owl craft to take home. Local folk music provided by Nearly There; food available for purchase from the Mac N’Noodles and Maui Shave Ice food trucks. Event sponsored by Xcel Energy and Live Urban Real Estate.
Hike: Elk BuglingSaturday, September 23
Every fall, bull elk seek out and compete for females. Visitors over the age of 10 can witness this amazing yearly event with Naturalist Russ. This is a 3 mile round trip hike, returning after dark. Please sign up at the visitor center via walk-in or by calling
Touch Table: Owls Sunday, September 24
Have you ever wondered what an owl pellet is or how to identify owl feathers? Naturalist Penny will share with you a variety of owl knowledge. Stop by anytime
Hike: School Pond/Stoner Mill TrailMonday, September 25
Watch for wildlife, flowers and scenic views on this combined 3.5 trail with Naturalist Penny.
General Nature HikeWednesday, September 27
Journey through forest and meadow, look for wildlife and experience autumn at its finest. Naturalist Karleen will guide you on this hike.
Cahill Trail Loop Thursday, September 28
Join Naturalist Penny on this moderate 2.5 mile hike, exploring the flora and fauna of Mueller.
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Deer & Elk
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