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What Is Wapiti?

The award winning Wapiti Colorado Pub celebrates and embodies all things Colorado. The amazing views, the beautiful, if unpredictable, weather, the glorious foods grown, raised and created here and  the amazing range of craft and micro brewed beers and wines. From the wonderful people who call Colorado home to the travelers that come to celebrate Colorado with us. The Wapiti believes that food should be made fresh using as many local ingredients as they can. We have a wide range of great food from which to choose. Our menu includes juicy burgers, thick cut steaks, pub style sandwiches, crisp salads, succulent game meats, and so much more. We also have the largest all Colorado beer list in the state.

Wapiti in Colorado

WAPITI, according to the Shawnee Indians, is Elk. WAP means WHITE in the Shawnee language and refers to the distinctive white rump of the American Elk. American Europeans, however used the word Elk when referring to the Moose. The American Elk “WAPITI” is the large relative of the Red Deer (standing 5 ½ feet at the shoulders). Other than its white rump, the most notable feature is the bulls’ spreading rack of antlers.

Through careless hunting of this animal in the late 19th century, most “WAPITI” were eliminated from their extensive native habitat. The breed is now flourishing in the North-Central Rockies, including the area around Estes Park.

The Wapiti Elk

The elk, or wapiti, is the second largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family (Cervidae), only the moose, Alces alces (called an “elk” in Europe), is larger. Wapiti are almost identical to red deer found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies; they have recently been determined to be a distinct species based on DNA evidence.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including New Zealand and Argentina. Their high level of adaptability poses a threat to endemic species and ecosystems where they have been introduced.

Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling and bugling, a loud series of screams which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females. The bugle call is one of the most distinctive calls in nature.

Elk are susceptible to a number of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to livestock. Efforts to eliminate infectious diseases from elk populations, largely through vaccination, have had mixed success.

Some cultures revere the elk as a spiritual force. In parts of Asia, antlers and their velvet are used in traditional medicines. Elk are hunted as a game species; the meat is leaner and higher in protein than beef or chicken.

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  • Stacy A. Avatar

    love Wapiti! Definitely sit outside during season. and in the winter they have a great garden room, a warm dining room, or cozy up to the bar and eat. Their Wapiti slaw is a must! Love their shepherd's pie, burgers, and house made porktenderloin. its hidden on the west end of Elkhorn.

    Stacy A.
  • Nathan D. Avatar

    Food is to die for. All kinds of varieties. A very family friendly pub. Safe for all ages (well lit). If you're from out of state visiting and you can handle liquor at the high altitudes, ask for their Colorado-local Chocolate milk stout. :D

    Nathan D.
  • LP Avatar

    Excellent little pub, with above average food, and the Top 100 Colorado beers! Enjoy dining inside or in their quiet secluded courtyard. Service is a little slow during peak hours, so be patient. Also the food is made fresh,, probably why it's above average, so it's more like restaurant timing, not fat and greasy bar food. Try the coleslaw with a delicious burger, or the beef stroganoff. Both were nice surprises.

    LP
  • Arianna G. Avatar

    great food and the staff was super nice. the onion rings were absolutely delicious. we showed up around 7:55pm and didn't know they close at 8pm but they let us sit and order anyway

    Arianna G.
  • Colin E. Avatar

    If you are looking for some fantastic food from Street tacos, to world famous burgers, to fish and everything in between and you are in a hurry they had our food out to us in less than 8 minutes. Our waitress said the kitchen has a timed. I believe there is outside seating alongside the river. What a cool place.

    Colin E.
  • Chris S. Avatar

    This is an awesome pub tucked around the corner, a little bit hard to find, but well worth looking for. They have a wide selection of beers from local breweries and others. We also really particularly enjoyed the potato chip nachos with pulled pork. And overall the service was great and the environment was friendly.

    Chris S.
  • Jen O. Avatar

    Our favorite place to eat in Estes, we always stop for lunch when we're in town. Burgers are amazing - definitely try with bison or elk meat. Onion rings and sweet potato fries are a must - I even like the Rocky Mountain oysters.

    Jen O.
  • Barilika G. Avatar

    We have been here at least twice when we’ve been in town and the food has been great! The RMO were amazing, the elk burger was so good, and the bison chili was delicious! And there’s a huge beer list too.
    Definitely recommend and will come back here.

    Barilika G.
  • Stacy A.

    love Wapiti! Definitely sit outside during season. and in the winter they have a great garden room, a warm dining room, or cozy up to the bar and eat. Their Wapiti slaw is a must! Love their shepherd's pie, burgers, and house made porktenderloin. its hidden on the west end of Elkhorn.

  • LP

    Excellent little pub, with above average food, and the Top 100 Colorado beers! Enjoy dining inside or in their quiet secluded courtyard. Service is a little slow during peak hours, so be patient. Also the food is made fresh,, probably why it's above average, so it's more like restaurant timing, not fat and greasy bar food. Try the coleslaw with a delicious burger, or the beef stroganoff. Both were nice surprises.

  • Barilika G.

    We have been here at least twice when we’ve been in town and the food has been great! The RMO were amazing, the elk burger was so good, and the bison chili was delicious! And there’s a huge beer list too.
    Definitely recommend and will come back here.

  • Colin E.

    If you are looking for some fantastic food from Street tacos, to world famous burgers, to fish and everything in between and you are in a hurry they had our food out to us in less than 8 minutes. Our waitress said the kitchen has a timed. I believe there is outside seating alongside the river. What a cool place.

  • Nathan D.

    Food is to die for. All kinds of varieties. A very family friendly pub. Safe for all ages (well lit). If you're from out of state visiting and you can handle liquor at the high altitudes, ask for their Colorado-local Chocolate milk stout. :D

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