National Elk Refuge
National Elk Refuge
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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 Ranch, and Winter Sleigh Ride tours.
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Alaina G
Bastrop, LA28 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
The sleigh ride through the elk refuge was our main reason for visiting Jackson Hole. It’s something my husband had wanted to do for years. It was definitely the highlight of our trip. The weather was perfect the day we went. It was 14 degrees but the sun was shining. Our guide, Cole, was very informative. They really get you up close to the elk. Lots of opportunities to get some good pics! It’s a must do! I would definitely go again.
Written 31 January 2023
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Patricia A
9 contributions
Dec 2022
We took a carriage ride through the National Elk Refuge. Our guide had a wealth of knowledge he imparted. Fascinating.
Written 26 January 2023
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Teresa Tobin B
8 contributions
Jan 2023
Had a wonderful experience getting to see the Elk up close, our guide was super knowledgeable and friendly. Had plenty of time to take pictures and videos. Learned quite a bit about the elk as well.
Written 21 January 2023
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seasonedtraveler2020
Jackson, WY9 contributions
Sep 2022
The elk can be seen in summer along the Yellowstone Migratory route, this follows the Snake River. Elk congregate on old cattle ranches which are now largely in JHLTn conservations easements. West Boyles Hill Rd is the easiest place to see large herds of elk in the summer months. The USGS has public info on their migration which leads travelers to the easiest places to find them in the summertime.
Written 13 January 2023
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olives&andy’s
41 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
I found it hard to get in touch with the office to reserve our spot for Christmas Eve. Once I did the person on the phone unfortunately wasn’t very friendly and insisted she replied to an email and didn’t understand why I was calling.

Once we arrived we picked up our tickets from a trailer and waited in the cold to board a bus. There were no waters or snacks for sale so I recommend bringing this if you have young children.

The bus takes you just a few minutes down the road to a huge reserve. It was a gorgeous snowy day and there were many sleighs and lots of Elk. The views were beautiful but the Elk weren’t as close as displayed in the pictures.

The sleigh has a guide who gives you lots of information about Elk. Ours was somewhat friendly. It was also less of a sleigh and more like a hay ride wagon.

The sleigh stops and goes so much. It’s not a continuous ride. It was about an hour from start to finish. We paid a fair price plus a tip for our guide. At the end you can take photos with the horses.

I was disappointed that our guide didn’t offer to take photos or even get off the sleigh to interact with us. It was definitely a cool experience that I would recommend but was not the highlight of our trip. I would say with the right guide it could have been more fun, more interactive and memorable.
Written 8 January 2023
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Cashkoala
Grass Valley, OR642 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
No elk sighted today. It’s been a warm month so maybe they haven’t come down yet. Temps dropped last night and today………….
Written 23 October 2022
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MGQ
Buffalo, NY476 contributions
Sep 2022
We stayed at the Flat Creek Inn which is located directly across the street from the National Elk Refuge. We were there for three days and never saw an elk. We asked at the front desk if the elk were seasonal and were told they are more visible in the fall and winter. Guess our visit was a bit too early.
Written 3 October 2022
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Nymph74
Northern Virginia, VA293 contributions
Jul 2022
We did see a couple of mountain goats, but summer is just the wrong time of year to be at the National Elk Refuge. Would definitely come back!
Written 30 September 2022
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Barbara G
2 contributions
Sep 2022
Stay for a week or more.......so much to do with two national parks to explore. Jackson Hole has wonderful activities........museums....fish hatchery.....art museums....great wonderful resturants.....and so many nature drives. You won't run out of things to do.
Written 29 September 2022
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Rob S
Florence, KY118 contributions
Sep 2022
We were there well before the elk arrive, but just the actual site itself is a beautiful stop. The view of it from the Wildlife Art Museum is literally breathtaking.
Written 13 September 2022
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