Cow elk, Moraine Park meadow, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, September 3, 2009
When we visited Rocky Mountain National Park in 2009, our campsite was next to a trail that went down to the meadow where many of the elk gather during the autumn rut season. We were able to see the elk almost every day without having to brave the “critter jam” of all the vehicles driven in to view the elk.
We came back again in 2011, but were not able to get the same site. We probably won’t go this year as the window for time off from work is later in the season. If we go west, it’ll likely be further south – perhaps Utah or New Mexico.