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National Elk Refuge

Elk Refuge Rd, Jackson, WY 83001
307 733 9212
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Ranked #5 of 33 attractions in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This valley is an ancient elk wintering ground and is located three miles north of Jackson.
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful spot. However, please remember that elk are usually only there in the winter. Recommend this spot for taking panaromic pictures.

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Lemont, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The National Elk refuge is a great place to bike. The Teton bikes rentals across the street helped nicely for an option. Beautiful views easy ride.

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Middleburg, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I would love to come back in the winter months to have a real impression of the refuge. Glad to see that they are helping the animals and not making them dependent on humans for food.

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Giddings, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I didn't know what to expect. All I knew is that we were going to look at some elk. Afterwards, and to this day, I can't wait to do this again. What a treat! Our guide was exceptional. The giant horses that pulled our sleigh out to the elk were awesome. And to see the elk so close and then... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
49 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Exiting Jackson? It’s hard to miss this large building right at the edge of town and flanked by a huge animal sculpture. Once inside you’re greeted with very lifelike Elk galloping on the side. The gift shop is very typical of others in Jackson however there’s an equally large area devoted to travel brochures, maps, and lists of activities, hotels,... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

You have to stop here if you drive in or out of Jackson Hole. You might not see Elk if you go in the summer since they all move up north for the season but, the visitor center is well with taking the time to visit. The staff is very friendly and informative and you might get some great information... More

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flushing, ny
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The brochure says there are thousands of Elk here in season; unfortunately, July isn't season & since they have free range, they're all in Yellowstone now. Would love to come back in the fall & winter though. Expansive grounds & nice bike/walking track for viewing.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Great one-stop visitor center for a refuge with spectacular habitats for wildlife spotting. We have only visited twice, both timed after the elk moved north, but we still managed to check off some of the "hope to see" animals on our list. Well worth the time and drive. Tip: Drive out to and beyond the Miller House for more wildlife... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Disappointed we didn't see any elk. In fact, the only animals we did see were a couple of pronghorns. There were several wildflowers in bloom across the open land. I expected the road to loop around back to the entrance, but we just reached several dead ends and had to backtrack to exit the way we came in. While the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a combo museum, refuge and park assistance. Small museum with viewing was staffed by very nice and helpful staff. We learned about much more than the elk that reside there. The museum features a short movie about the animals and season of Yellowstone. They also have a gift shop, half of which is a resource center to pick... More

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