The primary reason I make the drive up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway every year is the goats. A herd of 100+ mountain goats lives on and around the slopes of Mount Evans and early July seems to be the best time to see them up close. There are often mountain goats milling about the top near the parking lot, and other times they’re grazing near the road a little farther down the mountain. They can be kind of hard to spot because they blend in quite well with the light-colored boulders.
When my mom and I arrived at the parking lot, there was only one yearling mountain goat nearby, which I accidentally scared off. Oops. So we photographed a marmot instead.
We hadn’t been on top of the mountain for very long when darkish clouds started to roll in and we were ordered off the mountain due to the danger of lightning.
We headed back down the mountain, but very soon saw some cars parked along the road. Multiple cars parked along the road is a good sign that there is something to see there, so we stopped and, sure enough, we saw a small group of goats – two adult females, a yearling, and a baby.
I just LOVE the goats. I’m going to try to make it up to Mount Evans once more before the month is over.