Even though the record-breaking flood of 2013 devastated much of Estes Park, the local elk herd seemed unperturbed last weekend as they lounged around the golf course. The younger bulls practiced their battle technique as the females watched passively. The older bulls strutted around the edge of the herd waiting until the rutting ritual became serious.
Elk bugles lent an eerie sound to the short grass that still oozed ground water. It is a good time to visit Estes and observe one of most beautiful, dramatic mating dances, and crunch the still golden leaves on the ground.