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Estes Park "Elk Fest"

Elk Fest is next weekend in Estes Park, CO. Have any of you guys been there? Would it be worth the trip up. I figure the elk will be starting to go wild by then atleast.

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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.

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Never been there for the elk

Never been there for the elk fest, but i have been to Estes Park a few times, just to drive around and see the elk.  Pretty cool to see them in peoples backyards.

Don't know if they are in town at this time, or if that's a winter thing though.

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In town

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!

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That's good to know.  I

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.

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Atleast the herd has been

Atleast the herd has been brought closer to objective. Ten years ago it was pretty darn bad. You can see the aspens and willows recovering inside the exclosures already.

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