All the elk, bulls and cows, I have shot in the Gunnison area (54) have been up in the rocks, 11,000-12,500 feet. Probably a dozen or so. Elk will seek safety in thick conifers before the aspen, but will feed in the aspen.
I'd be in country as this at first light or before.
2nd season,most likely snow, 3rd, definitely. I usually had to sit out 3 days or more because of snow,and bunch of it, some of it will prohibit access.
Elk definitely don't like sheep but have no problem mingling with cattle.
Look to see 500 + head with the cattle on the Caselton ranch on Ohio creek even before 2nd season. Unless this season,the Lowline fire moved them.