A gateway city to Rocky Mountain National Park, we love the resort town of Estes Park.
It was overcast with car headlights on the rock. We liked the shadows on the stone. Fall River flows from Rocky Mountain National Park into Estes Park.
We love the water wheel in the river by this small park. Elkhorn Avenue is the main street in Estes Park.
We usually walk from one end to the other, stopping in various shops and often a restaurant. One of our standard stops is The Taffy Shop.
There are several taffy shops, but we have been coming to this one since mom moved to Colorado in 1975. The taffy is made right here and it is delicious. Try the Texas Pecan. Another regular stop is Laura’s Fudge Shop.
A few years ago, Laura’s expanded but the shop is always crowded with locals and tourists. That really says the fudge and more is excellent. We enjoy Turtle Fudge and Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. And the toffee, and the caramel apples. Yum! We did our shopping, crossed the road, followed the river and got in our car.
This is fall, the rut, or mating season of the elk. This time of year, we hear the male, or bull elk, calling his mates, sounding like a bugle. The female may answer with a rather shrill squeal. The elk often leave Rocky Mountain National Park and wander in and around Estes Park.
This herd is behind the Aspire Residences, part of the Stanley Hotel. There were several humans sitting on balconies enjoying the elk herd. As you can tell, the herd is gradually moving to another area. But some are not in a hurry.
This young elk is hungry and trying to nurse, but mom doesn’t stand still very long. They have moved, crossed a major street, and are now in the golf course.
The lone male watches the females.
He tries to keep them together. This bull does a lot of running, or sprinting, to keep the girls where he wants them. Oh, a second herd is arriving.
They will join the first herd on the golf course. How will this end?
The two bull elk, one from each herd, pass each other, without incident. But, we don’t think the elk can read.
Only golfers on the golf course.
Well, is it tee time ladies? The elk and humans mingle well. If the elk want to move, the humans scatter to allow the elk freedom to go wherever they wish. Further along, a herd is around Lake Estes.
This bull is cooling off and probably drinking in Lake Estes. The sun has set.
The Stanley Hotel is illuminated by the glow of the setting sun behind the Rocky Mountains. A beautiful end to a beautiful day.