We go every year. Its pretty much just like every other festival in Estes where they set up vendors in the city park, and call it a festival. It is a great time watch the bulls going crazy in RMNP though. It will be really fully, but if you can get to some of the less popular areas and wait until sunset, you can be one of a handful of people watching a bull keep his herd together.
So I guess I am saying, the festival itself is really no different then any other festival Estes hosts throughout the year, but great time to see the bulls in action in RMNP.
There will be quite a few elk in town, especially on the golf course. Last weeekend, there was a big, I mean BIG 6x6 sitting under a tree right by McDonalds. Didn't have a care in the world...lol...that is Estes Park for you!
That's good to know. I always went up in March, to catch the end of the ski season. That's when the golf courses, fields, lawns, etc., at lower levels were becoming exposed so alot of the animals were hanging around to get that first green stuff after a long winter.
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...