If you're going to Jackson Hole, be sure to spare some time to stop at the National Elk Refuge that's on the way! It's simple... see beautiful wildlife in their natural habitat.

In the 20th century when development continued to grow, the refuge was created to provide the elk with an efficient habitat for survival. So today, when you come to visit the refuge - the time of the year you come will impact what you see at the refuge (it's not always just about the elk!) I visited in mid-March.

The most important thing is to keep your distant! It's for the safety of you and the wildlife.

The best way to experience the habitat (in my opinion) is on the horse-drawn Winter Sleigh Ride. Not only does this provide you with an intimate view of the habitat, but the guides have a ton of knowledge about the refuge, wildlife, and history. Don't be afraid to ask questions because they'll give you a great answer! And each sleigh is also provided with TONS of warm and cozy blankets to keep you warm. This is available from mid-December to April!

Viewing can also be seen from:

  • North Highway 26/89
  • Refuge Road

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Pack List

  • Camera
  • Egerness
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Wildlife

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