Bull Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

This time of year I normally will venture up to Rocky Mountain National Park to see the bull elk rutting for their mates, but unfortunately with the government shutdown the park is closed so I’ll have to find a different place to see elk. I conducted a private photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park the week it rained and flooded here in Colorado. We were lucky enough the first day to get out in the park when it was just lightly drizzling. The crowds were low and the cool weather brought out the elk in plain sight. This allowed us easy access the Elk out in Moraine Park and Beaver Meadows.

Bull Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bull Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park | Click to see Large/Purchase

We left the park Thursday morning.  It was quite an adventure. We had intended to drive down Highway 7 to see the southern end of the park, but all the roads east and south were closed due to bridges or the road being washed out. We escaped over Trail Ridge Road via Grand Lake before they eventually closed that road to pedestrian traffic. The tour was still a success. We were able to take advantage of the waterfalls in the park, which I’ll share with you over the coming weeks.

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  • ljsaltiel

    Great capture Rick. It is a shame that the idiots (on both sides) in Washington act like little kids. Hopefully the parks will open soon.

  • chrisnitz

    Damn dude!