Elk Cows And Calves At The Valles Caldera National Preserve

104438667_3659776114050316_1291798339917640300_oA cow elk and her calf at the Valles Caldera. After two weeks, calves are able to join the herd and are usually fully weaned by the time they are two months old. They stay with their mothers until around the time the next season’s calves are born. Photo by Seth Gaynor/NPS

104383861_3659776174050310_303822465255355898_oElk cows and calves at the Valles Caldera. Photo by Seth Gaynor/NPS

103795606_3659776057383655_3768128052055425381_oAt the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the baby elk and their moms have been out lately in the Valle Grande. VCNP staff recommend bringing along binoculars or spotting scopes. Photo by Seth Gaynor/NPS