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Elk viewing workshop opens Aug. 17

Hundreds of elk can be observed at northern Arizona's Mormon Lake. (Photo/AZGFD)

Hundreds of elk can be observed at northern Arizona's Mormon Lake. (Photo/AZGFD)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Ever wonder what it would be like to see hundreds of elk in one place at one time?

That certainly will be possible Aug. 17 at Mormon Lake. during the elk viewing workshop hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department with support from Mormon Lake Lodge. Workshop presentations are scheduled for the morning on Saturday, Aug. 17. The workshop includes a presentation and a field trip to watch elk on Mormon Lake.

“This is always a popular event, people want to escape the summer heat and get outdoors in northern Arizona and enjoy wildlife,” said Erin Brown with Game and Fish. “This workshop is a great way for people to learn about the watchable wildlife opportunities in Northern Arizona.”

Mormon Lake is unique as it is only one of two natural lakes found in Arizona. During late summer and early fall, hundreds of elk can be observed at the site and along Lake Mary Road.

There will be two sessions, starting at 9-10:30 a.m. Participants will attend a presentation, located at Town Hall in Mormon Lake Village, then go on a field trip to view elk. Walking will be minimal during the field trip. The field trip location will be determined that day based on where the elk are observed. Spotting scopes will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, snacks and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for standing.

Cost to attend is $20 per participant (kids 12 and under are free).

Mormon Lake Lodge is located about 25 miles south of Flagstaff (take Lake Mary Road and turn off on Mormon Lake Road). For directions, visit

Registration is required and seats will be limited.

If you need assistance with registration, please contact Erin Brown at or call (928) 606-6822.

Information provided by AZGFD

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