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“A Wonderful Wildlife Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Elk Refuge

National Elk Refuge
Elk Refuge Rd, Jackson, WY 83001
307 733 9212
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Grand Teton Small-Group Wildlife Safari by Jeep
Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Jackson
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.
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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“A Wonderful Wildlife Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

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.

Visited November 2012
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Waterloo, Iowa, United States
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“Nature up close”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We visited the Elk Refuge on our honeymoon, & it was incredible. The guides were very friendly & knowledgeable about the animals, their migration & feeding habits, as well as the conservation efforts of the Refuge to help the Elk survive now that they have become dependent on humans. We drove a lovely sleigh right through the middle of the herd while the staff was feeding them! We also saw two bald eagles nesting as well as a few coyotes that were checking things out from a distance while on our drive. Fantastic place for wildlife enthusiasts.

Visited February 2013
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Petal, Mississippi
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“pretty area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We did the lovely drive through this area after exiting Grand Teton National Park as we drove to Jackson WY. No, I did not see elk there, but might next time.

Visited September 2013
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El Sobrante, California
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“wrong time of the year”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

no elk, 1 antelope, but a nice gravel road drive away from the tourists and highway. Animals are still in the National Park this time of year.

Visited September 2013
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“No elks”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Where are the elk? We didn't see one and we drove through the elk preserve numerous times. Maybe we were just unlucky.

Visited September 2013
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