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National Elk Refuge

#4 of 80 things to do in Jackson Features Animals
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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Jackson, WY 83001
+1 307-733-9212
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have seen the elk and bison in the winter when they are down in the valley for the winter. There are a thousand or more elk and a small herd of bison. For a fee there are horse pulled sleds/wagons that venture into the...More

1  Thank ChuckR3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent place where elk roam, and where they created a place for them to grow and reproduce when they were waning in numbers.

Thank julia6819
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to see this time of year but tour was very informative. We saw a falcon and antelope. A few other birds. I bet it is amazing with 9,000 elk there in the winter.

Thank nlb0818
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Magnificent opportunity to go out close and see those incredible animals. We spent time at the visitor center learning the history and the mission. Very thankful for the conservation initiative. Very enjoyable time.

Thank DRJ469
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The visitors center in Jackson Hole is connected to the National Elk Museum and has a viewing platform, display and education!

Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While on a tour we stopped at the Natl Elk Refuge and learned that the elk head to this area for the winter. Summers are spent higher up the mountains meadows. But come spring time...wish we could see it! Lookup info regarding the "elkfest". Boy...More

Thank TS_Freckles
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful ride , but only saw 2 pronghorn. Had Wyoming squirrels playing chicken with the car. 4 wheel drive is needed if your going to go up on hill.

1  Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the visit to see exhibits inside as well as view the range/field and stream outside. Nice selection of art, statues, taxidermy, and videos. Great gift shop as well.

Thank Lynn L
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Great view of the Tetons but not much to see in the summer months as the Elk are up in the high country. It is a relaxing drive and would like to go back in the fall or spring to see more wildlife. You do...More

1  Thank rjwrj85
Reviewed 4 July 2017

No animals around this time. But like to ride the road and see the views from the Miller house and the other ranch homes on the drive. Great view of Tetons and the Sleeping Indian.

1  Thank Maggie0722
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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.
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