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“Visitor Center worth a stop”

National Elk Refuge
Ranked #11 of 87 things to do in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

The elk are still up in the mountains but the visitor center is definitely worth a visit. The people at the counter are very helpful and can give you tips to seeing the bison, etc.

Thank MaureenT7224
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

The sight of the elk is incredible during the winter season. Be sure to visit the Historic Miller House on the Refuge then head to Mormon Row for more history of this region.

Thank baybeach11
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

The best time to see the elk is in the evening. We seen most of our elk just before sunset or after dark. It is neat to pull over in the evening on the scenic overlook then listen to the mating calls of the elk.

Thank kanikani2
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Just outside of Jackson, Wyoming, on the road to Grand Teton National Park, is a large grassy area that is called the National Elk Refuge. The Snake River slowly meanders through it, and the Elk in Grand Teton National Park move down into this lower elevation in the winter, and stay through the spring. In August, when I was there, no Elk were to be seen; however, the Snake River broadens out into a marshy area near Jackson, and waterfowl on their migration were very abundant. There was a pair of nesting Tundra Swans that slowly swam past the viewing dock, and gave me a great opportunity for lots of close-up photo shots. Even though the highway is busy, the ducks, geese, and other avian species that are there, do not seem to mind the traffic, and you will be rewarded with lots of species to see. Take binoculars, or a good telephoto lens when you go. I saw a yellow-headed blackbird in the cattails quite a distance away, and you don't want to miss anything.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

We were there last week and didn't see any wildlife. It was pretty though! Plus we didn't have to pay to get in. Nice drive!

Thank Beasley33
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