Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

A bull elk grazing near Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Ali Pfenninger

A bull elk grazing near Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Ali Pfenninger

The sight that defines Rocky Mountain National Park – an elk surrounded by towering peaks.

Reintroduced into the Park in 1913 after becoming nearly wiped out by hunters, Elk now total over 2,500.

Highly visible, and known mostly for their loud bugle during mating season, it’s not uncommon to see elk throughout the park and in the gateway towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.

Elk in a sunny field. Photo by Ben Fullerton

Autumn Elk Rutting Season in Rocky Mountain National Park

At its peak from mid-September to mid-October, the elk rut is a time when male elk, or bulls, vie for the hearts of their female counterparts, known as cows. Read More...

Watching the autumn elk rut in Moraine Park in RMNP. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Essentials of Autumn Elk Watching in Rocky Mountain Park

Where to see elk, when to see them, where to park, and elk watching etiquette at Rocky Mountain National Park. Read More...

Bull elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

How Close Can I Get to Elk and Moose in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Every year people get attacked in the park by wildlife and most of the time it could’ve been prevented simply by following the wildlife safety rules. Read More...

Bull elk bugling at Rocky Mountain National Park

Ultimate Elk Bugling Video, Autumn in RMNP

Elk bugling can be heard across the valleys in Rocky Mountain National Park during September and early October. Watch a video of the wailing. Read More...

Rocky Mountain Elk

Where to See Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

Traveling in herds across open tundra and low-lying valleys, Elk are routinely considered the main wildlife attraction. Read More...