The Estes Park Elk Fest is truly one of our town’s signature events. It takes place during the elk mating season, known famously as the “elk rut,” and celebrates this beautiful creature with whom we share space here, as well as our local culture.

Colorado Elk

Image credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife

What’s happening at Estes Park Elk Fest 2023?

Well, this family-friendly attraction is one of the busiest all year, and features a variety of events for the entire family – with live music and vendors galore.

  • The event kicks off on Saturday, 9/30/23, with the Rut Run 5K. It starts in Bond Park and ends in downtown Estes Park, and is a perfect opportunity to enjoy nature and (safe) elk sightings.
  • Saturday is filled with fun and educational activities, including “All About Elk” with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Native American dancing and storytelling, live music, and of course the festival and vendors!
  • Sunday features more live music and fun, with the addition of live raptors with the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program!

Attending the Festival

This event is free to attend, but be aware that this is one of the busiest events in our community each year. You’ll want to be aware of parking and how to conveniently access the event. See our guide on parking in Estes Park, and more information on the itinerary of events for Estes Park Elk Fest 2023 can be found here.

Need lodging in Estes Park for Elk Fest?

There’s no more perfect place to take in everything Estes Park has to offer than here at Windcliff. Our beautiful, private community is right in Rocky Mountain National Park’s back yard, with stunning views and impeccable comfort in every home.

So, if you’re planning a trip out for Elk Fest, why not make your accommodations equally as memorable? Browse our available Estes Park vacation rental homes, or give us a call personally at 970-586-2181!