Boulder Brook Blog

Wild in Winter

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

 

  • November 19, 2016 – March 19, 2017
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday
  • Location: 1000 US Highway 36, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, CO
  • Phone: (970) 586-1206
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Price: Free
Join a ranger to learn about winter in Rocky Mountain National Park and how humans and animals alike adapt to this beautiful but challenging season.

 

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Tinsel Tavern Tour

 

  • December 10, 2016
  • Location: Throughout the Village of Estes Park
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Price: $50

 

Don we now our best retro Estes Park apparel for the Tinsel Tavern Tour! Starting at the kick-off party, enjoy live entertainment, appetizers, merriment and a holiday costume contest featuring prizes. After the kick-off party, step onto the Elkhorn Express Trolley and head to a line-up of favorite Estes Park Taverns. Share your night out on social media using the hashtag #TinselTavernTour and #OldSchoolEstes!

 

Ticket buyers and attendees must be 21 or older and present valid ID at entrance. By purchasing tickets, buyer certifies that he/she is 21 or older. Refunds will not be granted if attendee cannot present valid state-issued ID at event entrance.

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Wildlife-abundant at Boulder Brook all year

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Whether or not the flowers are in bloom, elk enjoy our garden and front lawn.  Winter is very challenging for wildlife as food is harder to find and is not as rich and nutritious as the ripe spring, summer and early fall forage.

 

Remember to view and photograph wildlife from a safe distance.

It’s always exciting when our guests arrive to find elk on the property. It’s not uncommon to find elk and other wildlife grazing in the sun and entertaining our visitors and passersby with their presence. 

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Trail Ridge Road is STILL OPEN!!!

Driving in the Mountains Is Always An Adventure

 

Rocky Mountain National Park has the highest paved roads in any National Park in the United States. Trail Ridge Road crests at 12,183 feet. Due to the high elevations and exposure, park roads are subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Road conditions in and around the park can change quickly, particularly in the spring and fall.

 

Weather conditions can change the status of Trail Ridge Road quickly and at any time. Park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly. For the most up-to-date status on whether Trail Ridge Road is open or closed, call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded status line at 970-586-1222. This message is updated as soon as there is any change in the road’s status and is available 24 hours/day.

 

Trail Ridge road is a high elevation road with spectacular views. Eleven miles are above 11,500 feet and there are no shoulders and few guardrails. Weather conditions can deteriorate and the road status can change quickly. For your safety, always be aware of current weather conditions. Trail Ridge Road is not plowed between 4 pm and 7 am because weather conditions may change rapidly. Visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly. The mountains are rugged, harsh place and it is your responsibility to be aware of the conditions and your surroundings.

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Roads in RMNP

Old Fall River Road

Closed for annual maintenance. It is scheduled to reopen to bicycles and pedestrians (including those with leashed pets) October 7 through November 30. On December 1, the road will switch to trail status and bicycles and pets will no longer be allowed.

Trail Ridge Road

Open for the season but temporary closures possible due to winter weather. Please call (970) 586-1222 for the most up-to-date conditions. Check the forecast before you go.

Weather conditions can change the status of Trail Ridge Road quickly and at any time. Park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly. For the most up-to-date status on whether Trail Ridge Road is open or closed, call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded status line at 970-586-1222. This message is updated as soon as there is any change in the road’s status and is available 24 hours/day.

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Green Jeep Tours

The Most Fun You Can Have! With several different tours, we will certainly have a tour for you. Our experienced tour guides, not only have great knowledge and abilities, they also are entertaining and friendly. Perfect for families that want to experience the Rocky Mountain National Park, natural waterfalls, and the local wildlife.

Our tours include a 7 day pass to the National Park! No Hidden Fees!

Some of the tours we offer:

*Rocky Mountain Experience: Our premiere tour begins by entering Rocky Mountain National Park at the Fall River entrance station. During the course of the tour we will navigate 12 miles of switchbacks on a dirt road starting at an elevation of 7800ft and arriving at a peak elevation of 12090ft.

*Grand Lake: This tour is a combination of The Falls with continuation to Grand Lake, Colorado. After arriving at the Alpine visitor center, we’ll head west to Grand Lake Colorado.

*Rustic Ranch: Visit an authentic ranch dating back to the 1800’s. With more than 1000 acres, this secluded ranch is a must-see opportunity of a life time. The tour departs Estes Park on HWY 7 with a stop in the Tahosa Valley at the base of Mt. Lady Washington, Long’s Peak and Meeker, as well as, the Enos Mills Cabin. From there we continue to Meeker Park.

*Photo Safari: This specialty tour is geared specifically towards photography. Our trained guides will take you where the action is! Professionals and amateurs alike will appreciate the many photo ops along the way!

Checkout our website at http://www.greenjeeptour.com/home.

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Estes Park Elk Festival, October 1 – 2, 2016

Fall is always a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. The summer crowds have died down, the air is cool with a touch of winter’s bite and aspens are turning into a dazzling gold color. Another bonus: the elk rut season is in full swing.

At its peak from mid-September to mid-October, the elk rut is a time when male elk, or bulls, vie for the attention of their female counterparts, known as cows. Their goal is to prove their prowess and win the loyalty of a “harem” of females. Eight-to-nine-year-old bulls stand the greatest chance of mating.

The bulls become more aggressive during this season, charging at each other and locking antlers as they battle over dominant status and mating rights. Although competition is high, actual fighting is rare since it causes injury and depletes energy. Rather, they compete by showcasing their antlers, necks and bodies, as well as emitting a strong, musky odor.

Elk bugling is another significant characteristic of rut season. This loud call is the sound of a bull trying to attract and keep an eye on as many cows as possible. It starts out as a high-pitch cry and then, about 16 percent of the time, becomes a series of low, resonating grunts.  

To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti (the Native American name for elk), Estes Park hosts the 18th Annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. 

The free festival features bugling contests, Cabela’s Archery Range, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, self-guided elk tour maps, a children’s’ area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden.  

Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine.  Mountain men from around the country will gather at the Mountain Man Rendezvous to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills. 

Enjoy the Educational Seminar Tent to learn more about Elk and wildlife in Estes Park from a variety of professionals including Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Mile High Note Game Calls. Representatives from the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will display on a gloved hand some of their magnificent rescued birds.  It’s amazing to see these majestic birds close up! Colorado Parks and Wildlife are on-site offering an Elk Camp where you can explore a variety of educational booths, and their staff will be helping in the field as attendees take the self-guided elk tour!

Live country, rock and bluegrass music will light up the park Saturday and Sunday with popular Colorado bands performing on stage. 

Celebrate elk fest by participating in the 2nd annual Rut Run 5k on Saturday!  Race day registration starts at 8:30am at Town Hall and the race begins at 9am. Participants will start and finish at Bond Park with an elevation gain of 246 feet and will receive a long sleeve shirt, a one-pint beer token and burrito.

On both Saturday and Sunday, stop into Town Hall (adjacent to Bond Park/Elk Fest) to watch a 20-minute video produced by the Estes Park News that shares the history of elk in Estes Park and how elk adapt to each season in our mountain valley. Learn safety tips for elk watching and see footage of Estes Park elk that has been included in National Geographic, the BBC and many others have used in their worldwide programming. Stick around after with staff from Colorado Parks & Wildlife for Q & A. 

On Sunday from 1-3pm, amateurs compete to see who can sound most like an elk bugling at the Elk Bugling Contest.

 

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Come Visit Boulder Brook

Nestled next to the rambling waters of Fall River, Boulder Brook is ideally located to take advantage of the unique shopping of downtown Estes Park or the rugged splendor of the Rocky Mountain National more