The Colorado Moose
First reintroduced to Colorado in 1978, the moose population is booming.
These days, it doesn’t matter if you are east of the continental divide or west of the divide. Your chances are good that you’ll have a shot at seeing one of these magnificent creatures continues to increase.
Moose were first introduced to the state near Walden, CO. State Forest State Park continues to be one of the hot beds for seeing moose in the state. Each year the state hosts its annual moose festival at the park.
In Colorado, we have the smallest of the three subspecies of moose known as the Shiras moose. They tend to range in size of 800–1200 lbs. and stand around 6 or so feet at the shoulder. The may look like gentile giants but be advised to keep you distance. They can run at a speed of about 30mph.
Moose love the high altitude riparian ecosystems found in Colorado and can be found eating vegetation in and around streams, ponds, rivers and lakes. Willows are their primary source of food. Moose will also eat twigs and branches, which is where their name derives from.
Moose are now a staple in Rocky Mountain National Park and a must see on many visitors lists. The west side of the park and Grand Lake in particular are a particularly good area to being your quest. The moose tend to venture along the Colorado River in the Kawuneeche Valley, along with the lakes, streams and ponds that can be found around the area. Keep your eyes peeled as many times you will see them grazing in one spot but they could be on the move. I’ve seen moose cover 4 miles of ground in a little over an hour. These days you can find moose on the east side of RMNP. It is not uncommon to find them grazing early in the morning before heading off to the trees in search of shade during the day.