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An Elk Encounter - Estes Park Colorado

Updated on July 25, 2013

Sometimes the Animals Come to You

A trip to Colorado is never complete without some animal sightings. However, we didn't expect the animals to come to us.

On a cold day, we parked the car and saw some elk in the distance and take some long-distance photos. While walking up a hill towards a golf course, we could see the elk in the distance and then, the elk saw us! We were curious but the elk were more curious and started to move in our direction. As we stood there, the elk moved in and with the last photo and video, you will see how close they really got!

This trip reminded me of how it used to be. If you are not hunting animals, they are very calm and will sometimes surprise you.

This website not only shows some amazing photos of elk and other wildlife, it has some quotes and quizzes to make it a little fun.

Enjoy yourself and I will try to narrate a little along the way!

All photos and videos were captured by myself, Terry Villars.

Videos taken were loaded to Youtube.

Elk in the Distance

You can see the elk in the distance. The bull elk is up there. When we were walking along, we had to be careful because sometimes, even from a distance, they can feel threatened and have been known to charge people.

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A Wonderful Elk Blanket - For those cold Rocky Mountain nights!

K2 Signature Blanket Elk Calls Queen Mink Korean Style
K2 Signature Blanket Elk Calls Queen Mink Korean Style

I have always loved elk and what better way to enjoy them than to see them on your bed everyday...well...not, literally. This beautiful blanket will keep even the coldest warm and cozy and is an eye-catcher, as well as a cool conversation piece. When the guests visit, tell them to go throw their coats on the elk in the bedroom!

 

Rocky Mountain High - Play This While You Browse - A soundtrack provided by John Denver

We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.

Tom Brown, Jr., The Tracker

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Elk Encounter - Estes Park Colorado - Part 1

I love the land of winding waters more then all the rest of the world. A man who would not love his father's grave is worse then a wild animal.

Chief Joseph (1840 – 1904), Nez Pierce Chief

Just Standing There, We Were Spotted and They Started Moving in!

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We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.

Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation

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Elk Encounter - Estes Park Colorado - Part 2

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Elk Encounter - Estes Park Colorado - Part 3

When the earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.

Chief Seattle

You Can Tell by This Photo How Close They Were Getting!

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She Says, "I Think These Humans are Interesting, I Want to Take a Closer Look!"

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If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.

Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, British Columbia, Canada

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"Okay Samantha, You Go Closer"..."No Miriam, You Go Closer"...."I Double Elk Dare Ya!"

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She Came So Close We Could Touch Her - We remained perfectly still, well, other than taking a few photos

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A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.

Crazy Horse, Sioux Chief

Elk Encounter - Estes Park Colorado - Part 4 - The video I shot when she got really close!

After Leaving the Elk Encounter... - We were surprised to see some mule deer near a home so we stopped and took a few photos

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More Fun Elk Items for the Elk Afficienado

We're In the News!

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Coming home from a road trip through the Rockies, we pulled over to see a mature bull elk who was bugling during the rut. We parked along the road and approached an elk volunteer who explained the behavior of that elk. In the meantime, we were interviewed by the local newspaper and actually made it into the newspaper the next day. This was about two minutes of fame for me so I have eight left.

Creative Commons Photo Credit

Elk Bugling - Estes Park, Colorado

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator

I've Always Loved Elk - So Large for a Wild Animal - Did you enjoy your visit?

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I did. Thank you.

    • tvyps profile imageAUTHOR

      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @LisaDH: We were, but it was kind of an adrenaline rush. We thought we might touch it but was afraid it might go crazy on us! ha!

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      LisaDH 

      5 years ago

      Great photos. I think I'd be rather nervous if a wild elk got that close to me!

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      imolaK 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your informative lens about elks. Blessed!

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      JohnMichael2 

      6 years ago

      Yes... I had elk steak when I was in Denver

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      Odille Rault 

      6 years ago from Gloucester

      Really enjoyed this lens - especially your description of the Elk Blanket lol. Great photos and videos, it must have been a fabulous experience! Heartily blessed. :)

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      What lovely creatures - lucky you for encountering them! :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      This is really cool...to be so close to an animal this magnificent. Here, the only animal we have the chance to get that close to are deer & thts usually cuz they end up in the grill of our cars or into the windshield.

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