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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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Jackson, WY 83001
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a free refuge at the end of Broadway on the east side of Jackson. It is essentially a drive through series of roads at the foothills of the mountains. The winter season is the only time of year to observe elk. During the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The National Elk Refuge is very beautiful. We rode through it everyday on our way to and from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. No elks there as it was June, but still a great scenic view. Elks are in the refuge for the winter...More

Thank cbad1961
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not much to see in the summer months. It's a beautiful place, but not much to see while my family was in town.

Thank kld76
Reviewed 4 days ago

I did not see any elk but was amazed by the number of big horn sheep i saw each night on the cliffs about ne mile in on left side. Saw wolfs and coyotes too.

Thank SugarMagnolia2014
Reviewed 5 days ago

same as the other review, got some good views and did not go home disappointed but happy to see animals in their own homes

Thank egswift
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not an elk in sight! But a rather friendly badger greeted us before running off. The area is scenic and easy to drive to, surrounded by mountains on one side and Grand Tetons on the other side. Would have loved to see some elk. Wrong...More

Thank DiAnna_7545
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw no wildlife in summer. But miller house was fantastic. Excellent volunteers. Trail down the road was good but too rustic.

Thank Chantoon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am sure it is a frat place for elk and their mission is for them not for public viewing, but as far as a tourist attraction we stopped by twice and saw nothing.

Thank Ckells07
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Summer is not the season to see the herds. Winter is much better. Disappointed but so many other animals to see!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Elk Refuge is on the road between Jackson Hole and the Jackson Airport. I had read a little of the history. The elk migrated south out of the Grand Tetons park in the winter for food. However, when development in Jackson began to...More

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Jennifer H
Is this a place that we do a "self tour"? We will have just driven from Bryce Canyon in Ut. and will need something to do the evening we arrive in Wyoming...can we get out of the car and walk around, of course taking care not to come close to the animals. Is there a high possibility of seen Elk and Bison towards the end of June, or is that mostly in the winter months? Thank you in advance for your help. Jennifer
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.
Will elk be in the refuge in June?
22 April 2017|
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Response from 219lesleeb | Reviewed this property |
you might see some but most of them had headed for the hills. they are around in Kelly just down the road and you will see bison and moose to
We will be in the area in late April. Will we still be able to see elk or is it too late in the season? Thank you!
7 April 2017|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
It is my understanding that they will have migrated away from the refuge sometime around the first to the middle of April but to be sure I suggest you call the VISITORS CENTER (307) 733-9212