Enter South RMNP entrance. Turn left on Bear Lake Road. Travel roughly 1/2 mile and turn right towards cub lake trailhead. Park anywhere along the road, bring a chair and watch the games. Best to go around dusk. Or walk into the meadows from your cabin in about 15 minutes, we’ll show you how.
Each year starting first part of September, the young bull elk start to gather herds of cow elk thinking they have a ticket to the dance. In reality, they do all the work for none of the glory. As time goes on, the larger, stronger bull elk come out of the woods bugling and challenging these younger elk for the herd of cow elk.
The bulls become more aggressive during this season, charging at each other and locking antlers as they battle over dominant status and mating rights. Although competition is high, actual fighting is rare since it causes injury and depletes energy. Rather, they compete by showcasing their antlers, necks and bodies, as well as emitting a strong, musky odor.
People come from all over the world to RMNP to see this spectacular mating ritual. Places on the left are best viewing.