Wildlife & Birds

Keep watch outside your window to spot serendipitous visitors. In the 25 years we've been here, guests have looked out to see deer, elk, coyotes, fox, bear, mountain lion, bighorn sheep and moose in our yard! Our thirty-five acres on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park comprise an ideal habitat for wildlife.

Deer and elk are most visible in the winter when there are fewer leaves to hide them. Bighorn sheep and marmots visit the rocks on Castle Mountain just across the river from our cottages and coyotes patrol the grounds after dark.

Squirels, chipmunks, and bunnies are plentiful in the spring, summer, and fall. Racoons visit year-round.

Extensive bird houses and feeders make our grounds a lively aviary year round. Hummingbirds are summertime favorites.

Alas, elk like both the birdseed and hummingbird nectar and they do quite a bit of damage.

We've also seen fox, bobcat, mountain lion and bear, but they are so wary of humans that the sightings are quite rare. Except for the last two years when dry conditions have cheated local bears of their normal berry buffet and guests occasionally gather to watch a bear eat our birdseed and hummingbird nectar.

In the spring when our grass begins to green the bighorn sheep may make a rare, up-close visit. to our yards.