We have visited the National Elk Reserve several times in the last five years. Our last trip was during Hunting Season. It was interesting to watch the migrating herds avoiding the hunters. They seem to know the Teton National Park boundaries and also travel after sundown when hunting is forbidden. The main road gets jammed at night as they cross over to enter the reserve.
Our favorite time of the year is December and January when it is cold and there are several inches of snow on the ground. At this time, for a small fee, you can enjoy a sleigh ride into the reserve to get a close up look at thousands of handsome bull elks showing off their racks. Even though the rut is over the young males still like to spar in preparation for their challenges ahead. This makes for some great photos.
While visiting the reserve, you might want to treat yourself to a bite to eat across the road at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Their "Rising Sage Cafe" has wonder views of the National Elk Refuge as well as excellent menu. This has been our longtime favorite for lunch.
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