National Elk Refuge

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  • Address: 675 E Broadway Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, USA, Jackson Hole, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-3077339212
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Family And Kids

Incepted in 1912 with an aim to provide a natural reserve to the significant Elk herd of Jackson Hole along with many other endangered species around, the refuge today has become one of the rare places in the world to witness these beautiful animals in their own habitat. Apart from elk, there are various birds, fishes, bisons, deer and other animals being preserved and managed in this refuge daily. For travellers planning to visit, must go there in winters as that is the only time when the sanctuary comes alive with wildlife specially elks flocking the place. The elk refuge has been spread over an area of 24,700 acres and provides a fresh breath of air for tourists who wish to delve into nature’s beauty for a while and enjoy its quiet and placid magic.

National Elk Refuge Travel Tips

  • Tickets for sleigh rides can be collected from Jackson Hole and Yellowstone Visitor Center.
  • Dawn and Dusk are best time for spotting an Elk.

Entrance Ticket Details For National Elk Refuge

  • Prices for activities such as sleigh rides may differ. Contact the respective authorities for more info. 

National Elk Refuge Hours

Administrative office:

  • Monday to Friday : 8 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center:

  • From October 1- 9 AM to 5 PM daily.

How to Reach National Elk Refuge

  • By Taxi
  • By Car

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  • National Elk Refuge Address: 675 E Broadway Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, USA, Jackson Hole, United States
  • National Elk Refuge Contact Number: +1-3077339212
  • National Elk Refuge Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit National Elk Refuge(preferred time): 07:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Elk Refuge: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Jackson Hole include National Elk Refuge in their plan

  • 39.69% of people start their National Elk Refuge visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see National Elk Refuge

Monday, Thursday and Friday

94.17% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Elk Refuge

People normally club together Spur Restaurant & Bar and Grand Teton Mountains while planning their visit to National Elk Refuge.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

National Elk Refuge Reviews & Ratings

  • A must visit when you are in Jackson during winter months! Horse drawn wagons/sleighs take you out amongst the elk and knowledgeable wranglers inform about the preserve and animals...not a summer experience, as all the animals are in the high country...Nov-Jan probably best time to visit

  • Amazing to see in winter and take the horse drawn sleds out to be in the middle of the herd. Magical, just dress warmly!

  • We biked this trail and it was awesome. Walking was nice too, but you can cover more ground in a bike. You really miss a lot when you drive. The views are spectacular. We watched birds dive through the bridges over rocky riverbeds, shadows change on the mountains, and furry somethings swim across the river. There's a great place to stop for lunch, and the path is mostly flat with some small climbs.

  • Not just a great place to see elk. We actually saw multiple species including a bull moose. Awesome place.

  • We were here in July and we didn't see any elks. It turns out the elks migrate to cooler places in April and come back in winter. We had a chance to visit Miller house which was nice. Milers were the first one who sold their land to the government for the Elk refuge.

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