Plenty of wildlife make their home in the Rocky Mountains, including moose. There are about 2,500 moose living throughout Colorado, and you can frequently spot them grazing in low-lying valleys and wet areas near lakes. Keep in mind that while moose are pretty cool to look at, they can behave aggressively when they feel threatened—meaning that you should keep your distance.
Here’s what to do if you spot a moose:
Do not approach it
Try to stay at least 50 feet away from the moose at all times. If you spot calves, know that their mother is probably not far away and that she will do everything she can to protect her offspring.
Know the signs
When a moose feels threatened, it will often raise its head high or dip it low. It may also flatten its ears and show the whites of its eyes.
Leave the area
If you happen to encounter a moose that is behaving aggressively, back away and leave the area. Avoid making eye contact with the moose, as this can be interpreted as a sign of aggression. If the moose charges you, run away and try to get a tree between yourself and the moose. Keep in mind that the moose’s goal is to get you to leave, so once you are far enough away it will usually leave you alone.
When hiking in the Estes Park area, you may or may not see moose, but you will definitely see some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. After a day of hiking and wildlife spotting, it’s time to relax at the Misty Mountain Lodge. Give us a call at 855-441-4100 or book your room, cabin or suite online and get ready for the vacation of a lifetime!