Elk Fest 2014 in Estes Park, Colorado

It is Elk Fest time.  I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck with our moms and Soapy’s dog Steve, went to Estes Park, Colorado.

We love Estes Park, Colorado

We love Estes Park, Colorado

Elk Fest is a great time in Estes Park.  The elk often come right into town.  It is also mating season for elk, so sometimes we hear elk bugling.   Estes Park has a couple entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park, so the setting is gorgeous and the wildlife plentiful.

Estes Park is also home to the Stanley Hotel, featured in the movie The Shining.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

The hotel is very nice, but why so many cars here today?

Elk herd at the Stanley

Elk herd at the Stanley

Now we know.  The elk herd is lounging and grazing at the grounds of the Stanley.  This one huge bull elk guards the many cows, or girl elk.

This bull is in charge of the herd.  Busy guy!

This bull is in charge of the herd. Busy guy!

As you can see, Colorado Division of Wildlife has tagged some of the elk.

Elk are being monitored

Elk are being monitored

We loved seeing so many elk in town today.

During Elk Fest there are booths and entertainment.   These Indians were entertaining today.

Dancing and singing today

Dancing and singing today

This is a sample of beadwork for sale.

Nice beadwork!

Nice beadwork!

We expected to see elk and other animals, but this…

We loved this cow!  Was near booths and entertainment.

We loved this cow! Was near booths and entertainment.

We spotted the remains of a stone building on a hill, but this was at the beginning of the trail.

Must always be alert in mountains

Must always be alert in mountains

With Steve on a leash, 2 ducks and 2 humans started up the mountain trail.

Over the bridge and up the mountain trail

Over the bridge and up the mountain trail

The ruins were nice to see.

Very picturesque.  Love the fireplace

Very picturesque. Love the fireplace

The hike was fun.

Beautiful area

Beautiful area

Several other humans and dogs were visiting the area also.   Heading back to the car to leave, Steve stops to look at the river.

Stevie is such a good girl!

Stevie is such a good girl!

Even though Elk Fest was last weekend, the elk still come into Estes Park and many shops are open.  If you can, visit Estes Park soon.  The elk will probably be in town and the scenery is spectacular.

Plenty of wild elk in the area.  Come see them soon.

Plenty of wild elk in the area. Come see them soon.

 

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