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National Elk Refuge

#4 of 81 things to do in Jackson Features Animals
Jackson, WY 83001
+1 307-733-9212
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A wildlife refuge located north of Jackson, WY that provides winter habitat for Jackson's elk herd. Seasonal hours of operation are listed on the web site for the Visitor Center, Historic Miller House, and Winter Sleigh Ride program.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Jackson, WY 83001
+1 307-733-9212
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not much to see this time of year but tour was very informative. We saw a falcon and antelope. A few other birds. I bet it is amazing with 9,000 elk there in the winter.

Thank nlb0818
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Magnificent opportunity to go out close and see those incredible animals. We spent time at the visitor center learning the history and the mission. Very thankful for the conservation initiative. Very enjoyable time.

Thank DRJ469
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The visitors center in Jackson Hole is connected to the National Elk Museum and has a viewing platform, display and education!

Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 3 days ago

While on a tour we stopped at the Natl Elk Refuge and learned that the elk head to this area for the winter. Summers are spent higher up the mountains meadows. But come spring time...wish we could see it! Lookup info regarding the "elkfest". Boy...More

Thank TS_Freckles
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful ride , but only saw 2 pronghorn. Had Wyoming squirrels playing chicken with the car. 4 wheel drive is needed if your going to go up on hill.

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the visit to see exhibits inside as well as view the range/field and stream outside. Nice selection of art, statues, taxidermy, and videos. Great gift shop as well.

Thank Lynn L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great view of the Tetons but not much to see in the summer months as the Elk are up in the high country. It is a relaxing drive and would like to go back in the fall or spring to see more wildlife. You do...More

1  Thank rjwrj85
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No animals around this time. But like to ride the road and see the views from the Miller house and the other ranch homes on the drive. Great view of Tetons and the Sleeping Indian.

1  Thank Maggie0722
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a vast place, scenic mountains on all sides, but in the summer the elk are up in the mountains and you see none here.

1  Thank Larysa B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove around and through the Refuge. Didn't see any elk they were all up in mountains. Did see swans, sand hill cranes, bluebirds, crossbills, ravens and Canada Geese. Spied several bison and gobs of pronghorns. Learned about their history and mission. Truly impressive.

1  Thank Nancee M
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Jennifer H
May 12, 2017|
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Response from dencrocket | Reviewed this property |
You might check out this place, Teton Science School Wildlife Expeditions They may have some tips for you.
April 21, 2017|
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Response from 219lesleeb | Reviewed this property |
you might see some but most of them had headed for the hills. they are around in Kelly just down the road and you will see bison and moose to
April 7, 2017|
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Response from MarciaBryant | Reviewed this property |
It is my understanding that they will have migrated away from the refuge sometime around the first to the middle of April but to be sure I suggest you call the VISITORS CENTER (307) 733-9212