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National Elk Refuge

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Jackson, WY 83001
+1 307-733-9212
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A wildlife refuge located north of Jackson, WY that provides winter habitat for Jackson's elk herd. Seasonal hours of operation are listed on the web site for the Visitor Center, Historic Miller House, and Winter Sleigh Ride program.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Jackson, WY 83001
+1 307-733-9212
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

10.5.17 and 10.6.17 Went by here several times but the Elk were nowhere to be seen. Wondering if all the exhaust smells from the vehicles is driving them to higher ground. Still a wonderful refuge but for us humans we saw zero Elk the 2...More

Thank DoctorVonCueBall
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see wildlife. They have nice exhibits in the visitors center. The people there are nice and helpful. The day we were there they had a special exhibit on the seasonal changes in the animals of the area. Great gift...More

Thank Susette H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful mission and beautiful wilderness acreage for the care of Elk. Oddly, the visitors center is actually where you get information on the refuge. (This is quite unclear) as you drive into and out of Jackson and through Refuge land.

Thank VAD859
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This vast land is so pristine, so beautiful it's amazing! To experience any part of this refuge would bring wonderful photo ops as well memories!

Thank BarbaraB92017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is so much information in this attraction. The exhibit is extremely well done and presents lots of viewpoints. Be sure to see all floors. The Elks show up in January or later but don't let that stop you from visiting. It is extremely interesting....More

1  Thank Joanne A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay.. honest. We didnt visit, we passed on our way to the airport. After 3 weeks we hadnt seen a moose. On our last 2 hours in Jackson we spotted a moose in the Elk Refugee.

1  Thank Wieke00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Setpember, we saw several herds of elk at different days in the refuge. There are opportunities to take pictures (long lenses recommended) without disturbing the animals. A great place for children to observe wildlife.

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made several trips by the National Elk Refuge and never spotted an Elk. Not sure if it was the unseasonable warm temperatures or the time of year but I expect to see Elk in an Elk Refuge.

Thank Rogerm213
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Road can get rough and slippery when wet. Views are worth the trek. Snowing the morning we went, what a treat. A winter wonderland in September. Suggest Scenic Safari ATV rentals, we took a side by side .

Thank Sandy R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't see any elk here. It was probably due to the changing weather. The exhibits are ok. The gift shop seemed overly crowded and didn't have much variety. I did pick up some brochures that were helpful in planning the rest of our trip...More

Thank CS124578
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20 August 2017|
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Response from Carolyn M | Reviewed this property |
Go to the visitors center first. It's on the north side of town heading towards the airport. It's free and has a viewing deck and rangers to answer questions. The information there is fantastic....we learned so much. As... More
jennifer h
12 May 2017|
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Response from dencrocket | Reviewed this property |
You might check out this place, Teton Science School Wildlife Expeditions They may have some tips for you.
22 April 2017|
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Response from Ryan A | Reviewed this property |
I believe they chase all the elk out in April or May.