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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 17, 2022
Alex Butch
Went in the middle of the day. Didn't see any bighorn sheep
Aug 8, 2022
Brook Larson
Jul 29, 2022
Kristel Lehner
Saw moose on our way in and out at this spot today!
Jun 5, 2022
Jacqueline Hanson
Saw 9 rams!
May 29, 2022
Sherry Pinnell
May 14, 2022
alex carlton
Saw moose and bighorn sheep saw the moose at night with night vision
Jan 22, 2022
Michael Rideaux
Sep 20, 2021
Carol Case

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