Wildlife Viewing Tips - My Family Travels

To get the most out of your wildlife-viewing experience, in Estes Park, Colorado or elsewhere, read Family Travel Forum's tip sheet.

Wild animals in Estes Park, Colorado? They abound. Not only can you see golden-mantled ground squirrels, weasels, elk, and bighorn sheep, but also there remain a few black bears and rarely seen mountain lions.

Here are some tips for maximizing the chances for you and the kids to see wildlife of all kinds.

Note that the best seasons to observe wildlife are fall, winter and spring. That’s when many animals move to lower elevations, closer to town, for food and mating rituals. Such animals as mountain lions and bobcats are common in the Rocky Mountains area, but are rarely seen because they are nocturnal and secretive.

  • Blend in with the landscape by wearing subdued and natural colors.
  • Be as scent-free as possible.
  • Walk softly and quietly without trying to sneak.
  • Stick to the sidelines and use binoculars or telephoto lenses to avoid crowding your subjects.
  • Move slowly and avoid staring.
  • Never move directly to an animal or try to sneak up on them.
  • Try to think like an animal by using a field guide to learn more about their preferred food and habitat.
  • Keep in mind that one of the best times to visit is September and October when the elk and bighorn sheep ruts produce spectacular sights and sounds.
  • ¬†Above all, relax. Animals sense tension.

To find out more about Estes Park, Colorado and their wildlife, go to www.estes-park.com.

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