Nature

Snowshoe hiker in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Dec
11
2016

After a snowfall, Estes Park resembles a Currier and Ives painting. Holiday lights illuminate freshly fallen snow on the trees along the Big Thompson River. Snow squeaks underfoot. Rocky Mountain National Park is just minutes away. Visit Estes Park and can enjoy the winter outdoors the old-fashioned way on a pair snowshoes or cross country

Northern Shrike bird in Rocky Mountain National Park
Nov
27
2016

In the winter months, a very cool migrant bird visits Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Park area. It’s the predatory songbird known as the Butcher Bird or the Northern Shrike. The Northern Shrike eats insects, small reptiles and even small mammals. The reason for the moniker of “Butcher” is an amazing behavior of

Mule deer in Rocky Mountain National Park
Nov
16
2016

Imagine a guy walks into a bar and asks all the ladies if anyone is fertile. In the hooved animal world, that is what males, such as mule deer, do during the “Rut” mating season. This Mule Deer  pictured is exposing his Jacobson’s (Vomeronasal) Organ in the roof of his mouth. This is, basically, a

Shedding Velvet
Aug
02
2016

Each year the bull elk start their antler growth around March 10th, and finish growing and hardening their antlers on August 10th or so. So they have five months to grow to impress the cow elk with their health and vitality. Once the antlers are complete, the soft hair covered velvet starts to dry and

Bear in Estes Park
Jun
30
2016

One of the most common question I get on Wildlife Safaris is, “Where are the bears?” It has been estimated that in the entire Rocky Mountain National Park area there are only 24 adult Black Bears. Our bears are rather anti-social and are more nocturnal than bears in many other national parks. The park only

Dream Rainbow by Yellow Wood Guiding
Jun
20
2016

Imagine you are out on the trail in Rocky Mountain National Park and you are caught in one of the quick rainstorms we often experience in the summer. As you scramble to put on your raincoat, you might get a quick view of a rainbow as the storm passes. The physics of rainbows are rather

Elk Calves Kissing
Jun
20
2016

Every summer, we are greeted by the sweet sight of a Nursery Herd. These Elk herds are made up of cows, their calves, and a few juvenile bulls that are two or three years old. The elk calves from just a few days old have a very strong herding behavior and will develop friendships with

Golden Banner
May
23
2016

Mid June is peak flower season in the lower elevation meadows of Rocky Mountain National Park. One of the most prolific flowers in the park is the Golden Banner. This pea relative has a unique keel shaped flower structured to only allow insects and hummingbirds big enough to open their trap door petals to get