This is a premier area to view wildlife. Elk were plentiful when the Ute Indians lived in this area, but years of hunting pressure in the late 1800s nearly depleted the herds. The population was reestablished with elk transported by rail from Yellowstone National Park in 1911. Today, 700 to 1,000 elk gather here before migrating northeast in November. Bighorn sheep, as well as golden and bald eagles, are also seen along this stretch of highway.
Canadian Lynx Ed Knight
Elk by Ed Knight Photo