Elk of Elk Meadow
Photo © Rachel McCain
The Elk Meadow area is part of the larger complex of Redwood National and State Parks, spanning Del Norte and Humboldt counties. The region includes nearly 44,000 acres of old-growth redwood forest and 37 miles of pristine coastline. You can find more information on our trails and other recreational opportunities at http://www.nps.gov/redw.
One of the largest Roosevelt Elk herds in the park can be seen from the Elk Meadow Day Use Area off Davison Road in Orick. While elk can be seen in wooded areas and along some stretches of beach, they are most common in open grassland areas, which makes Elk Meadow a perfect spot to view these majestic animals. Elk are wild animals, though they may appear tame they can turn aggressive if threatened.
The safest way to view elk is at a distance through binoculars, or photographed through a telephoto lens. Roosevelt Elk are the largest subspecies of elk in North America, with bulls weighing 750-1,200lbs. and females weighing 350-700lbs.
Best Time for Viewing: Elk herds can be seen at any time of day.
Best Months and Seasons for Viewing: The best times of the year to view elk are in late spring for calves, and early to mid autumn during the rut.
This site is ADA accessible.
Pets are allowed on a 6-foot leash.