Rocky Mountain National Park – #findyourpark

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Plan on making your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park several days long. You can easily spend one whole day watching the elk soap opera. Every autumn, elk come down from the high country to montane meadows for breeding season. There you get to watch bull elks compete for a cow’s affections. It truly is like watching a soap opera and ladies have all the say of who they will and will not accept as mates. Prime bulls, eight to nine years old, stand the best chance of mating. Mature bulls compete for cows by displaying their antlers, necks and bodies. They emit strong, musky odors and bugle. Hearing their calls through the crisp cool air and seeing them through the fading morning fog is a once in a lifetime experience. This park offers many trails, waterfalls, and overlooks to enjoy. One particularly fun trail to drive is Trail Ridge Road, which is over 12,000 feet and includes many overlooks where you can have the pleasure of viewing the subalpine and beautiful yellow alpine trees.

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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area – #findyourpark

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This is one stunning area full of natural beauty between the arches, waterfalls and overlooks. It’s a great place to hike, camp and kayak on the river. My favorite viewing and hiking areas have been Yahoo Falls,  Twin Arches, Beaver Falls, East Rim Overlook, Devils Jump and Blue Heron Overlook.

Big Cypress National Preserve #findyourpark

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Big Cypress National Preserve is home to many mammals including the alligator, Florida panther, Florida black bear, anhingas, egrets and herons. Good places for wildlife viewing are the visitor center boardwalks, a guided swamp walk or while enjoying an airboat tour.

Everglades National Park #findyourpark

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December to April, is the best time for wildlife viewing in Everglades. Weather conditions during the winter have lower water levels, causing wildlife to congregate at central water locations. Shark Valley, (the Anhinga Trail), and Eco Pond are good for viewing alligators, wading birds, and other freshwater wildlife. If you’re into canoeing, Snake Bight (near Flamingo) and Chokoloskee Bay (Gulf Coast) before low tide offers large numbers of water birds feeding in the shallows and on mud flats.