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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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“visitor center” (79 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jackson, WY 83001
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"sleigh ride"
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"provide blankets"
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"visitor center"
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"miller house"
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"big horn sheep"
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"beautiful animals"
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"jackson hole"
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"within feet"
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"their natural habitat"
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"dirt road"
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"bison"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

more elk than you have seen in your lifetime. only drawback is that in april the seem to migrate to the center of the valley. if you dont have a powerful zoom on your camera it will be hard to see them. if you drive...More

Thank LOUIS A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no way to describe the bugling of the elks during their fall rut. It is truly the call of the wild. To experience this you must be there in September. Bring some binoculars. These are magnificent animals and for those of you that...More

Thank Marc D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was exciting to be up close to the elk and to learn about them from the knowledgeable guide who took us out into the refuge. To be so close to the elk was a real treat!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

closeup viewing of the males and females. we got on a horse drawn open ~straw~ cart thru tis reserve. great for closeup pictures

Thank Oksleeper L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the National Elk Refuge today, Saturday, March 31. This is a must if visiting the Jackson area during winter and early March months. Dress warm. You will head out to the Elk herd by a horse drawn wagon or sleigh. Today was windy so...More

Thank jamied49er
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just made it in early March and there was enough snow for the sleigh ride. Great scenery, got to see 2 Eagles and of course plenty of Elk. Guide took us up close. It is definitely colder out in the Refuge than in town. They...More

Thank Maggie0722
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove through the Elk Refuge but the elk were fairly far from the road so we couldn't see them too well. There were some bighorn sheep up on the mountain too as well as trumpeter swans in a pond. We decided to go ahead...More

Thank ALLSLC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were here in winter and did the sleigh ride thru the Refuge. Very informative and a nice way to spend the afternoon. Plenty of active elk around. We also saw eagles and a coyote eating an elk carcass. The shop here is really great...More

Thank PK H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s just a drive through the preserve, in your vehicle, you can also get out and walk on the dirt road. We saw several hundred Elk and about 20 bighorn sheep. Short Drive, right outside of town. Might as well do it if you’re around.

Thank Christy H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We should have had a sleigh ride, but there wasn't enough snow, so we were in horse-drawn carts instead. The driver was informative, and we were able to get up quite close to the elk, here in very large numbers, having migrated here from all...More

Thank Josquine
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kathysean2004
17 April 2018|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Agree that they are likely to be gone in May. They are just there for the winter, then head back up into the mountains. You would see them on the way from the airport to Jackson Hole. The Yellowstone Information Center... More
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01ritz
8 December 2017|
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Response from Gavin B | Reviewed this property |
Enough snow for this activity is 50/50 before December 25th. You could luck out with a good early winter there or not enough. The peaks will have snow to make it picture perfect but enough for a sleigh ride. Planning an... More
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regltg8
2 November 2017|
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Response from 810Jim | Reviewed this property |
It is a self-drive around the refuge. I don't remember seeing any horses. The art museum on the highway opposite the refuge is REALLY worth the entrance fee.
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