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National Elk Refuge

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Address: Jackson, WY 83001
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+1 307-733-9212
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A wildlife refuge located north of Jackson, WY that provides winter habitat...

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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Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
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We took the sleigh ride out into the Elk Refuge. Jud was our guide and is a walking encyclopedia of info on Elk and the surrounding area. Although you could not get out of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Cumming, Georgia
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Cumming, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the sleigh ride out into the Elk Refuge. Jud was our guide and is a walking encyclopedia of info on Elk and the surrounding area. Although you could not get out of the sleigh, you got very close to the Elk. The horses that pulled us were a hit with the kids as well!

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To see 10-12k elk congregating is awesome. The trip on the sled is cool, once, but most folks GET it at that point. As impressive are the mule/whitetail one will see typically on the ridges to the west of the refuge. Check it out.

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great activity! You are picked up at the Visitor Center and driven to the refuge where you load the sleigh driven by Belgian horses. Dave was our driver and he was great!! We drove right up to the beautiful herd. Dave gave us so much interesting information. Lots of children on board and they loved it. Take... More 

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Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This winter elk range offers a pretty unique opportunity to see hundreds of elk in one large area. We highly recommend taking the sleigh ride which allows you to see the elk up close without endangering the elk or yourself. This is a must see when visiting Jackson in the winter.

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Roselle, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

No matter what time of the year you go you will get scenery and view of the elk. They have cozy blankets on the sleigh to keep you warm if its cold out. The staff is great you can tell they love their job. Its at the most an hour ride depending on weather. You will get some great pics... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our fourth trip to Jackson in winter and our fourth sleigh ride through the Elk Refuge. The rider through 8,500 elk is magical.

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Thank Gary S
Wayne, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a wonderful experience. It is a must do. The staff is great and we were very fortunate to see hundreds of elk.

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Covington, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Must see! Highly recommend the sleigh ride! Also, you can drive around the back side of the refuge. We saw a buffalo, sheep, elk, and mule deer just driving around! The snowy scenery was breathtaking!

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Thank Jim G
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved our travel guide, Jud! Full of knowledge about all. I was most surprised to see dead elk decomposing on the property. He did explain it and the whole circle of life, but I would have liked to warn my kids. Plus, I didn't need to pull up right next to a dead one. Got to see sparring elk... More 

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Sand Springs, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The sleigh ride among the 5,000 - 7,000 elk was amazing! Our sleigh was pulled by two big grey Percheron horses. Our guide Justin was not only knowledgeable, but so enthusiastic. It was easy to see that he loves this place! The white landscape and the falling snow made the elk even more elegant!

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