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Unless otherwise marked,
typical trail courtesy
is as follows:

HIKERS AND
BIKERS YIELD TO
HORSES.
BIKERS YIELD TO
HIKERS.
UPHILL HIKERS
HAVE RIGHT
OF WAY.
SAFETY TIP: When hiking in open
areas or above tree line, keep an eye
on the clouds. If storms roll in, move
to lower ground quickly. Lightning
can occur at any time. Generally
storms arrive in the afternoon, so
be prepared.

BIRDING: More than 270
species of native and
migratory birds flock to the
Estes Valley. Among them
are peregrine falcons, rufous
hummingbirds and bald
eagles. Birders will find
many of those varieties in
Rocky Mountain National
Park, but other areas are
equally productive. Try
the Matthews-Reeser Bird
Sanctuary near Lake Estes or
Wapiti Meadows below the
Olympus Dam.

WILDLIFE WATCHING:
Many animals call this region
home-mule deer, black bear,
fox, coyote, beaver, marmot,
pika, mountain lion-but elk
attract most of the attention.
They rut during September
and October, showing off
and fighting to attract mates.
Come winter, heavy snows

nudge the creatures to lower
elevations, meaning elk, mule
deer and bighorn sheep might
show up in very public spaces.
Spring brings youngsters
finding their legs or shyly
peeking from behind mom.
CAMPING: Whether on your
own or with a group, camping
is an extraordinary way to
experience nature. Woods,
rivers and mountains lie just
beyond the tent flap, inviting
exploration. Colorado's night
sky unfolds into a blanket of
stars. And marshmallows
taste better when roasted
over a campfire. Commercial
campgrounds, including ones
that accommodate RVs, dot the
area. Sites also are found in the
national forest and the national
park (reserve in advance),
and a permit is required to
backcountry camp in the
national park.

Opposite, top: courtesy of James Frank. This page: Visit Estes Park/Darcy Kiefel Photography

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TRAIL
ETIQUETTE

54 caches between Estes Park
and Grand Lake. Roughly 30
of them are found between
Estes Park and west to the
Alpine Visitor Center inside
the national park. Pick up
your GeoTour Passport at
the Estes Park Visitor Center
to start navigating toward
nearby geocaches and earn
commemorative coins.


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