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Location:      Fall River Visitor Center located right outside the north entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado


Time:  September Tours   5:00 PM-Dusk (7:00-7:30 PM)

           October Tours     4:30 PM-Dusk (6:30-7:00 PM)                                  


Course Description: The fall rut is a spectacular display of elk mating behavior which includes bugling, posturing, and herding.  This widely attended and extraordinary event will be available for viewing from the comfort of a 14-passenger mini-bus or 12-passenger van staffed by a professional educational guide who will discuss elk ecology, interpret activity and answer questions pertaining to elk.  Elk artifacts such as antlers, skulls, and fur will also be available for participants to see and touch.


Course Level:  I

This bus tour will include stops along the road for viewing wildlife.  Participants may get out to take pictures, but no significant walking will be required.


Expectations:  Professional conduct will be expected from participants at all times.  Individual ideas will be respected.  Except during course breaks, cellular phones, pagers, and personal entertainment devices are strictly prohibited in the classroom and during field sessions.


Tentative Course Schedule:

4:30 or 5:00 PM – Depart Fall River Visitor Center for Horseshoe Park in RMNP.

7:00 or 7:30 PM (approximately) — Arrive back at Fall River Visitor Center

What to Bring:

§  Snacks, energy bars, and Water

§  Binocular

§  Camera                                


Remember to Bring the 10 Essentials:

Rocky Mountain National Park recommends that hikers always carry the 10 essentials in their daypacks.

     Raingear                                   Map and compass                      Flashlight or headlamp

     Sunglasses and sunscreen          Candles                                      Matches or other fire starter

     Pocketknife                               First-aid kit                                Extra layers of clothing

     Sack lunch, snacks, and water                                                  


Note:  Rocky Mountain Field Seminars recommends that participants for all courses dress in layers and wear comfortable, sturdy hiking boots/shoes.  Participants should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions.



Elk Expeditions: Educational Adventures by Bus


September  11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 -2014

October  2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 -2014


Fee: $40 per adult, $20 per child

Course Level: I               Course #:  S7101-S7118
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