Being located in an ideal habitat, McGregor Mountain Lodge is one of the best spots in the area to see bighorn sheep. Every year we get many people who come up for the sole purpose to get a glimpse of these magnificent animals. The sheep are unpredictable, keep to themselves, and don’t spend much time near populated areas like the elk and mule deer do so they are often difficult to find. These south facing slopes in the west end of the Fall River Valley along the flanks of McGregor and Bighorn Mountains are the ideal spot to find the sheep in the winter and spring months. For your best shot at seeing them, just hang out in your cabin or on the property here… they’ll eventually show up!
It never fails. We will have a couple or a family, or even a photography group, come to stay here in hopes of seeing the sheep. They spend the morning looking up at the mountainside with no luck. They then head out in pursuit of finding them only to come back mid to late afternoon to hear us at the lodge tell them how the sheep had come down in their absence and spent a good hour grazing in fron of their cabin!
While unpredictable, the best time to see these animals, in my experience anyway, is right around lunch time… anywhere from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The chances get less likely on either side of that at our location. Now I’ve seen them in other place (above Timber Lake, Flattop Mountain, Sky Pond, etc…) at a variety of different times from early morning to after dark. But as far as any identifiable pattern for our location, here on the southern fringe of the Mummy Range, lunchtime seems to be the best time to see them.
So come on up this month! The Spring is a fantastic time to see the sheep. Not quite as exciting at their November/December rutting season, but you are a bit more likely to actually spot them this time of year. As the grass starts greening they come down to get their fill. Then they give birth and you get to see the little lambs around and that is a site to see!
Hope to see you soon!
We’re so sorry for the delay! We’ve been focusing on getting more content on our social media pages and have neglected our little blog here. So, we share some well overdue photos of the happenings here in Estes and at McGregor!
We had a nice snow storm over the weekend leaving us under about 6 inches of powder. As the storm was clearing yesterday afternoon, I managed to catch the moon rising above Kruger Rock in town…
This morning as we were getting the bulk of the cleaning done we noticed a small herd of bighorn ewes and lambs. The came down to lick a bit of salt off the driveway and looked to be heading to the river, possibly for a little drink. They are always a joy to have on property and are a favorite of guests and passers by alike!
Have you been looking at the webcam today? Lefty and Brat are napping in the flower bed (well, snow bed today) in front of Columbine Cottage #3! They love these snowy days where they can lounge around, re-chewing their lunches, and just enjoy the winter weather! We’ve gotten a few inches of snow overnight and throughout the day, but are expecting up to 8 more tonight and tomorrow! Click here to follow along! http://mcgregormountainlodge.com/netcam/netcam.htm
Lefty & Brat! (yes, we are aware the date/time stamp on the webcam is incorrect)
It’s an annual event that attracts thousands to our quaint mountain village. A Holiday tradition that is a great time for people of all ages! Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, people enjoy spending time downtown visiting the shops, restaurants, and parks that make up the heart of Estes Park. As the sun begins to set families line Elkhorn Avenue as they anticipate the start of the Catch the Glow Estes Park Holiday Parade.
Many local businesses and organizations create their own floats and start an the west end of Elkhorn Ave and travel east making a turn up Hwy 7 ending in the Estes Park Inn’s property. Lines were long at the local coffee shops with people wanting that warm drink, kids were playing in the parks, and everyone was talking about their wonderful Thanksgiving feast and anticipating the coming Christmas Season. It’s a fantastic event and great way to experience just what this wonderful mountain village has to offer!
This year there will be an ice skating rink right downtown in Estes! It’s across from Bond Park in the parking lot by the Dairy Queen and Casa Grande. We’ll get some pics and more fun stuff when it opens next week. But here is the rundown on cost and hours directly from the town of Estes Park:
LOCATION: 110 EAST RIVERSIDE DRIVE
Southeast corner of Elkhorn Avenue and Riverside Drive
ICE SKATING $2.00
SKATE RENTAL $2.00
OPERATING: November 21, 2012 thru Mid-March 2013 weather dependent.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sundays: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday11/21/12 & Friday 11/23/12 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays & Fridays 11/29/12 – 12/21/12 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Vacation 12/22/12 thru 1/6/13
Saturdays & Sundays regular operating hours
Mondays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Day, 1/21/13
Presidents Day, 2/18/13
Park School District Parent/Teacher Conferences 2/23/2013
Park School District Early Release Wednesdays 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Dec. 12, Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb. 6, Feb.20, Mar. 6.