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Estes Park Elk Festival

Estes Park Elk​ Festival​

September 30th - October 1st

A boy learing about Elk antlers.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 Gar​den, 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. 

Mountain Biking, Road Biking, and Family Biking suggestions.​​​Buy A parks pass..​​​More outdoor recreation opportunities.


Hike: Turkey Cabin Overlook Trail
Friday, 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 Hike
Friday, 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 Festival
Saturday, 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 Bugling
Saturday, 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 (719) 687-2366.

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 Trail
Monday, September 25

Watch for wildlife, flowers and scenic views on this combined 3.5 trail with Naturalist Penny.

General Nature Hike
Wednesday, 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.

​ Wildlife Viewing Guides​

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Bighorn Sheep
& Mountain Goats


​​Deer & Elk


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Grouse, Prairie​-Chickens
& Ptarmigan


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