National Elk Refuge

The National Elk Refuge is home to nearly 7,500 of elk that winter here each year.

From December through March, the elk are most visible on the 25,000-acre refuge. Elk-viewing sleigh rides are offered mid-December through March, depending on whether the animals are still in the area. In spring, they move into the mountains.

In summer, elk can be seen throughout the region, including adjacent Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. In addition to elk, refuge inhabitants include bison, moose, bighorn sheep, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, pronghorn antelope and mule deer.

Fishing, which is outstanding, is permitted on the refuge during certain times of year, generally August, September and October.

An elk hunt is held on part of the refuge during the fall.
  • 532 North Cache St.
  • Jackson, WY 83001
  • Wyoming
  • Open Year-Round
  • No Entry Fee Charged.
  • (800) 496-9077
  • (307) 733-9212

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