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“Comes with a Free Car Wash”

National Elk Refuge
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$145.00*
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Half-Day Wildlife Safari From Jackson Hole
Ranked #3 of 81 things to do in Jackson
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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.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Comes with a Free Car Wash”
Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife, daughter and I decided to spend a weekend in Jackson Hole. This was one of the sites we visited.

On the west side of the park there were hundreds if not thousands of Elk. They were large and the racks were huge. It was very impressive watching them as bald eagles flew over head.

There is a back entrance to the park and we drove down that. There we saw 50 to 75 big horn sheep. Some were defying gravity of the sides of a mountain. We sat in the car and watched the sheep mingle around. Soon they came closer to the car. After a few minutes we had about a dozen of them licking our car (I guess for salt from the roads). Every now and then a couple large rams would butt heads.

It was amazing to see these so up close.

In the summer - none of these animals are here (at least we did not see any our two most recent trips) but it is a must see in the winter.

Visited February 2014
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Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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“Interesting information on Elk migration”
Reviewed September 1, 2014

Very well done information center on the migration and history of that migration of the elk. the refuge reflects the efforts of the area to save the elk herds and accommodate their migration.
Well worth the time to visit while in Jackson Hole.

Visited June 2014
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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“alot of animals.”
Reviewed August 31, 2014

enjoyed a great day.Walked around and saw many elk. The views are incredable. It was not the best day weather wise but we still had a terrific day.

Visited August 2014
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Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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“Beautiful, but didn't see any Elk!”
Reviewed August 31, 2014

It must have been the time of year (or day) we were there, but while the refuge offered very scenic views, we did not see any elk. Either way, good scenery as you drive by.

Visited August 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Timing is everything”
Reviewed August 30, 2014

Should see a massive number of elk arriving within weeks. Saw pictures and do not miss this. At least we got to see elk driving through the parks.

Visited August 2014
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