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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.


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.

Hike: Geer Pond Trail
Thursday, September 28

Watch for water-loving wildlife such as beavers, muskrats and redwing blackbirds with Naturalist Penny. This hike is 2.5 miles.

Hike: Ranger Ridge Trail
Friday, September 29

See the beauty of autumn with Naturalist Penny on this scenic 2 mile hike. It is rated difficult for the long steep hill. Bring your walking sticks.

Hike: Elk Bugling
Friday, September 29

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.

J.A.T.T - Just About Twilight Time
Friday, September 29

Explore Barr Lake nine mile trail at dusk by bicycle! “Just At Twilight Time”.

Cherry Creek- Bike Your Park Day
Saturday, September 30

If you’ve ever wanted to explore Cherry Creek State Park on two wheels, this is your chance! Cherry Creek State Park is inviting the public to join a Bike Your Park Day ride on Sept. 30. Bike Your Park Day is a national event that encourages people to explore nearby parks and public lands by bicycle on the same day.

Mueller In Gold
Saturday, September 30

Join us in celebrating autumn at our annual Mueller in Gold event! We will have guided aspen hikes at 9:00 a.m. (School Pond Trailhead) and 2:00 p.m. (Wapiti Trailhead), fly fishing, gold panning, and a gem and mineral display, among other activities taking place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.! It will be a day of fun filled activities for the whole family to enjoy!

​ 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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