The trip was a short one, but we saw beautiful elk, moose, marmot, pika, coyote, chipmunks and squirrels and the hike in the tundra zone was particularly rewarding. The high-altitude road could get nasty during late afternoon thunderstorms because there isn't any tree cover and one such thunderstorm was building up when we left the park to have a late lunch in the beautiful city of Estes Park.
A male Elk in Alpine Tundra
...keeping watch over its home
They are impressive animals which can reach 5 feet at the shoulder and with their antlers they can stand at an impressive 9 feet tall!
Elk eye! You only realize how huge they are when they are really close like in this case!
Flowers just before the arrival of a storm
A Gold-mantled Ground Squirrel
A young Moose