Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park are a major attraction, and some of the highest visitation periods occur during the autumn mating season called the rut. These elk are migratory and use habitat both inside and outside park boundaries. Healthy elk herds are vital to the economies of Estes Park and Grand Lake gateway communities.
It is important that park visitors and stakeholders continue to be informed about on-going management actions, why they are needed and the expected ecosystem benefits of these actions. Key park messages focus on addressing the following topics:
Education and Interpretation
The park develops educational materials to inform and increase public understanding of management actions taking place in the park and the effects these actions have on vegetation and other wildlife and visitors. These materials also provide additional information about elk and their role in the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. Communication products for elk and vegetation management include:
Last updated: July 14, 2015