Elk breeding usually occurs in September and October and it is during the breeding season, or rut, that large numbers of elk congregate at the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area. Peak numbers of bull elk can be viewed in this area around the second and third weeks of September.
Records from recent years show that nearly 500 elk may visit the elk viewing area in September, though this can vary from year to year. Numbers continue to remain high through early October, and then begin to decline as the harems (groups of cows) break up and the bulls begin to once again feed and store up reserves for the winter ahead. We hope you enjoy your visit to see and hear the elk at the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area.
See a map of the Elk Viewing Area.
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