Many people from all over visit Rocky Mountain National Park every year, but perhaps the busiest time for the Northern Colorado area is in the late summer to fall months. People gather in large numbers to witness what’s known as the elk rut. KRCC’s Susan Glairon stopped by the park at the end of the elk mating season and has this report.

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One Response to The Annual Elk Mating Season

  1. Deborah says:

    Great story. My family loves to visit Estes Park during the annual rut. Some of our best memories stem from those visits. We’ve been hushed into stunned silence as a herd of elk cows and a bull foraged for food. We’ve also seen bulls defending their herds, and charging at people. In those cases, the park visitors were taunting the bulls or moving too closely into their space.

    And RMNP is gorgeous in the fall. The hiking trails are worth the trip up.

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