The Boxley Valley is presently filled with the bugling of Rocky Mountain bull elk, as they bluff and battle their way to the coveted title of “Herd Boss.” It’s rut season for the elk and as fall air temps cool, the attitude of the bulls heats up, making for great wildlife watching opportunites in the Ponca area.
BEST ELK VIEWING TIMES: Just after sunrise or before sunset.
WHERE TO FIND ELK: In the fields of the Boxley Valley along Highway 43, south of Ponca. Also, on Highway 21, from the Hwys 43 & 21 junction, and south toward the Buffalo River Trail trailhead.
Fortunately, elk can be reliably viewed in Ponca throughout the fall and winter and even into April. So, if you can’t make it here during rut season, there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy watching them for the next several months. Bulls drop their racks by early March, so fall and winter make for the best viewing seasons.