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
- 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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95% of people who visit Jackson Hole include National Elk Refuge in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
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
94.17% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Elk Refuge
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.