Big Horn Sheep Routines

Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mtn. Nat'l. Park, Colorado

Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mtn. Nat’l. Park, Colorado

It is about that time of year when the big horn sheep must be coming down to Horseshoe Park again.


It was in June a few years ago when these Big Horn Sheep greeted and thrilled us in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  They descend from the high altitudes of the mountains in spring and early summer to a meadow with lakes called Horseshoe Park. Here they graze on grasses and soils that have desirable minerals they cannot otherwise obtain in the alpine regions. They prefer life in the upper reaches of the Rocky Mountains where their specialized hooves and traversing skills help them avoid predators on the rocky cliffs.  (Click here for my earlier post highlighting the Big Horn Sheep.)


I find it so comforting to think back on routines in a place I once visited.  Their routines, they keep going long after I have departed.  That humble routine of the rangers stopping all the traffic and the sheep heading for the meadow must be occurring right now.  This warms my heart.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander


29 thoughts on “Big Horn Sheep Routines

    • Indeed they are, RH. If you could see how the whole valley of humans scrambles to allow them to cross the road and reach the meadow, how we stop in our tracks to admire them as they prance by…yes, they sure are noble creatures. Many thanks! 🙂

  1. Wonderful idea to think of the routines- great way to remember and visualize and such magnificent animal to visualize

  2. Gorgeous animals dear Jet ! You were so considerate to think of their routines ; loved your last paragraph and the portrait of the couple ! They both look impressive in this fabulous setting !
    Doda :-))) xxx

    • Those big horn sheep are loved by many people, I’m glad you think of them as gorgeous, Doda. So happy you enjoyed the post, and am grateful for your visit. 🙂

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