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Have you ever heard an Elk bugle?

Up until yesterday, I had heard only the odd trumpet-like sound of a matriarch guiding her herd across highway 34. That was in the dead of winter when the Elk pretty much have the run of the town and travel through here in large groups daily.


Yesterday, while working at my desk, enjoying the lovely, fresh air of early autumn, I heard cries the like of which I’d never heard before. At first I thought it was a baby crying. Then I thought it might have been fox since they can also sound like a baby crying. Then I thought maybe a smaller animal had gotten hurt or was in some kind of scrap with another –


After the first couple of ‘honks’ I found I was no longer working. Rather I was listening intently to what seemed a series of shriek-shout-screeches – maybe the combination of a poorly blown saxophone-bugle-trumpet. Each one was a little odd and unique and kind of other-worldly and strangely beautiful. Each was a sound I’d never heard before. I was thrilled.  I was suddenly twelve years old, wide eyed, curious and fascinated.


Not five minutes after I’d oohed and ahhed over a small symphony of these shouts, I saw the harem from the office window. The beautiful, healthy looking Elk cows had browsed their way up Fall River and were grazing the lush greens on the property. There were a dozen or more females accompanied by a couple of incredibly adorable new babes followed by one gorgeous big daddy – sleek and tall and strong with massive antlers. How do they keep their heads up with all that weight on top? And how do they scratch an itch at on top of the head in between?


As the cows crossed the road, seeming to signal to each other in that screechy, baby-cry way, I heard something else – loud and clear and strong –like a clarinet blown with a dry reed only stronger and much louder. I went outside to see and hear the magic. When bugling, the bull’s lips seem to make a big round ‘o’. They poke out, like he’s going to give someone a giant kiss, and out comes this amazing sound that I imagined meant –  ‘Come on girls!  No slacking! There’s fun to be had! We’ve got places to go and grasses to browse and the day and the eating are indeed fine!”


So, if you’ve heard there are some unusual troubles in the area, keep in mind that mother nature is right on track and as a town, we are getting there — making great strides daily.  The weather is gorgeous – clear blue sky, warm sun, cool breeze, crisp nights — the colors just beginning to change from late summer deep green to golden early fall.  The elk are bugling, the eating is fine, and it’s just a little too quiet around here without you.

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Thank you –

To all our friends and to everyone who has called or written to check on us, your good wishes and compassion are appreciated. We are very fortunate to have been spared structural damage, and property damage is relatively small in comparison to some.  We are all safe. We have a strong community and excellent support services and personnel, and everyone is working towards a prompt and efficient recovery.  We hope to be welcoming guests and visitors very soon. Today was a beautiful, sunny day and the forecast is good – drier. We have most essential services and things are improving daily.  Even though the Elk are bugling, it’s a little too quiet without you all here, so we’ll do our best to keep you posted and hope to see you very soon.  Thanks again.

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Flood Update

As you may have seen in recent news coverage, northern Colorado has received an extraordinary amount of rainfall in the last week. Flooding is widespread. The Town of Estes Park has experienced flooding on both the Fall River and the Big Thompson Rivers.  Roadways into Estes Park are currently closed due to damage.


Due to these circumstances, Boulder Brook will be closed for at least the next week. We have some mud and debris on our grassy areas and parking lots.  Our greater challenge is safe access into and out of Estes Park.


We have cancelled all reservation at Boulder Brook through Friday, September 19.  We will evaluate over the next 48 hours whether we will have to cancel additional reservations. At this time, we believe we can be up and open for business soon if there are safe roadways into Estes Park. We will be issuing refunds of deposits to all guests whose reservations were cancelled. Please watch your email for confirmation of the refund.


We will continue to provide updates on our property on our website (  – select “Blog” at bottom of page)or on our Facebook page (www. Phone and internet service continue to be limited in Estes Park. There is no cell service.


Boulder Brook will recover from this crisis. For those of you who will not be able to visit us, we are so sorry that we are unable to deliver the vacation experience that you were looking forward to. Please visit Estes Park again in the future.


Sincerely,    Kimberly & Christopher Campbell, General Managers

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Historic Tour Celebrates Estes and RMNP

On September 14th board the bus for the Tenth Annual Historic Tour of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park presented by the Estes Park Friends & Foundation. Guests will visit six famous Historic landmarks and stop and learn about twelve others with tour guide, Estes Park Historian Laureate, Dr. Jim Pickering.


The tour starts with a full visual overview and historic discussion presented by Dr. Pickering. Guests will enjoy a continental style breakfast, a delicious boxed lunch, and an end-of-tour reception and question-and-answer session with Dr. Pickering at the Estes Park Museum.  Each guest will also receive a copy of the book “This Was Estes Park.”  The $75 ticket (over half of which is tax deductible) can be purchased online at

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Chamber Music for an Autumn Afternoon

On Saturday, September 14, beginning at 1:30pm with an introductory talk by Derald DeYoung, The Estes Park Chamber Music Society is pleased to bring the world-famous Takacs Quartet for an afternoon of beautiful and compelling music in the intimate setting of the Community Church of the Rockies (1700 Brodie Ave).


The concert begins at 2:30pm and features three quartets: Mozart Eb major K, 428; Janacek Quartet No 2 “Intimate Letters”; and Smetana Quartet No 1 “From My Life.”


Tickets are $30 (cash only) at the door or in advance at Macdonald Book Shop 152 E Elkhorn Ave.


Formed in 1975, the group is composed of performers from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungry, and has been in residence at the University of Colorado in Boulder since 1982.



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Fine Arts & Crafts Festival at Bond Park

September 14 & 15, Bond Park welcomes the 39th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival featuring 100 artists and two musical groups.  Gorgeous painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, wearable art, photography, and mixed media work in glass, leather, wood, gourd, and scratchboard.


Silent Auctions on Saturday from 9a – 6p and Sunday from 9a to 5p will be held to benefit youth programming and a high school senior scholarship for further study of the arts.


Get a jump on holiday shopping or just enjoy the music and the view!

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Elk-Fest at Boulder Brook!

Tail-gate/Elk-Fest  – A three-day early autumn adventure package in Estes Park for couples and families available between September 10 and October 31 featuring gorgeous views, fall colors, and bugling!


Day 1: A warm w”ELK”ome Amenity including:

  • Elk themed gifts
  • A picnic blanket and Gift Certificate for a picnic basket from Picnic in the Park (fresh wood-fired gourmet pizza and deli);
  • A link and maps to the best places in Rocky Mountain National park to Elk-watch: Moraine Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Horseshoe Park;
  • A one-week pass to Rocky Mountain National Park; and
  • A Gift Certificate for a night of Dining and Bluegrass/live music at the Rock Inn.


Day 2: Elk Expeditions tour in Rocky Mountain National Park with the expert guides from the Rocky Mountain Nature Association (Thursday, Friday, or Saturday)


Day 3: A Rocky Mountain Rush Off-Road  “Rock’n Roller Coaster Tour” in Roosevelt National Forest


The Elkfest/Tailgate package includes mountain luxury lodging in a Spa

or One Bedroom Suite at Boulder Brook on Fall River.


Call to book your stay today!

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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

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