About a week ago, we rode on Tabby Mountain Wilderness Management Area for the first time this spring. The gates were still locked to keep vehicles off the roads, but a horse gate is open year round. In the foreground of the photo above, you can see the brown rails of the horse gate. It's is too narrow for a 4 wheeler, but wide enough for horse and rider.
We saw one elk bachelor herd,
then another, smaller group. Both groups were at about 9000 feet, enjoying the first shoots of spring grass.