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National Elk Refuge

Address: Elk Refuge Rd, Jackson, WY 83001
Phone Number: 307 733 9212
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: This valley is an ancient elk wintering ground and is located three miles north of Jackson.
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San Antonio, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I went to Jackson Hole at the wrong time of year. The elk herds hadn't arrived yet and it was hunting season. I was a little disappointed in the amount of wildlife I saw. However, the hikes and nature walks in the area were still great.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The time to see the vast herd of elk is in the winter. My wife and I took a break from our skiing in Jackson Hole to drive here and watch the elk. There were hundreds of them in plain sight, oblivious to our presence. Supposedly the herd here can number in the thousands. Apparent they migrate here from Yellowstone... More

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Yulee, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Get up close and personal on their turf. Park is just the beginning of a awe inspiring trip to the Gran Tetons. Over the top visual entertainment and getting close to nature.

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Franklin Ohio
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49 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We were there in early Oct and I gather that's too early in the season for the wildlife to come down out of the mountains. I don't know what time of year is a good time ... but I can say this time of year .... we didn't have any luck there. It's lovely scenery but then this whole area... More

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Goshen, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It was too early for the elk to be here when we visited, but it was still a great stop. The visitor's center has a lot of stuff to look at, as well as a nice gift shop. The volunteers working here are extremely knowledgable and nice and were very helpful. They gave us a map and pointed out some... More

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Tampa, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

There are no Elk on the Refuge yet in Oct, however I'm sure it would be delightful in Dec to Feb. I did not view any other wildlife either except a couple hawks, 2 swans & waterfowl sitting on the water.

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Toronto, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We had expected to see Elk but there were none. Perhaps hunters in the area had worried them. - There were lots elsewhere, busy with their rut. Regardless of this bit of bad luck, the scenery of large rolling hills, streams and valleys coloured by aspen and pine made this a worthwhile drive, with some hiking thrown in.

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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We have visited this reserve a couple of times and it doesn't get old. In the winter they have horse drawn sleigh rides that bring you through the elk reserve where there are about 7000 wintering. The sleigh goes real close to the elk. It is a wonderful experience. Dress warmly although they do provide wool blankets.

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

loved this little shop and museum worth a stop. right off the main drag. nice people, and good information.

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Palo Alto, California
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34 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This refuge is famous for winter viewing of elk, but we went in the fall when the place appeared empty. Sadly, a visit that otherwise could have been wonderful was spoiled by the inappropriate behavior of one Refuge employee. We will explain at the bottom of our review, which we think that the management of this Refuge needs to read.... More

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