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At particular times during the summer, the bighorn sheep come down to Sheep Lakes. Bighorn sheep move to low elevations in late spring and early summer when they descend from the Mummy Range to Sheep Lakes in Horseshoe Park. Here, they graze and eat soil to obtain minerals not found in their high mountain habitat. The minerals are essential in restoring nutrient levels depleted by the stresses of lambing and a poor quality winter diet.

Bighorn sheep visits to Sheep Lakes are hit-and-miss, but generally occur between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Groups between one and sixty sheep move from the ridge on the north side of the valley, across the road and stay up to two or three hours before reversing the trip back to the high country.

On the Road: Drive west, out of Estes Park on Trail Ridge Rd. (US 34) to Horseshoe Park and the Sheep Lakes Parking area.

Family Friendly: Kids will love getting a close look at these iconic creatures!

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Brian Smith

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Aug 1, 2020
Cary Greenfield
Didn't spend much time here as the sheep or elk were not present in the mid morning. Traveled back through in the evening and still no critters.
Jul 11, 2020
Mitch Freund
Do
Jul 1, 2020
Katie Tansey
MOOSE
Jun 27, 2020
Joe Carpenter
Jun 24, 2020
Andrew Ingels
Jun 18, 2020
Michele Newby
No bighorn, but we saw a moose!
May 29, 2020
Seb The Fraustralian
Saw 3 moose !!
Dec 19, 2019
Andy Carey
went here to see the elk

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