National Elk Refuge

The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole is a 25,000 acre area just north of town where the elk winter. As many as 4-5000 elk gather here each winter to feed on available grasses and rear their young. It is also common for other wildlife to be seen, including eagles, coyotes, foxes, bison and sometimes wolves, as well as trumpeter swans, ducks, geese and a variety of other birds. The combination of wildlife and some of Wyoming’s most scenic landscapes, including the Teton Mountain

Range, makes the Refuge sleigh ride a great experience.

On the east side of the refuge, one can drive from Jackson Hole for about 1 1/2 miles between the mountains and Miller’s Butte. Often herds of bighorn sheep can be seen in this area. It is not uncommon for these animals to come up to your car and lick off the salt.




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