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National Elk Refuge

National Elk Refuge

The Basics

The National Elk Refuge represents one of the best wildlife viewing opportunities from Jackson Hole. Visitors can choose to explore independently by driving along Refuge Road or join a guided tour of the land. Sleigh rides are popular in winter, while walking and biking tours occur in the summer.

The Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located in the southwest corner of the refuge, offers information on the history and habitats of the surrounding landscapes. History buffs should stop at historic Miller Ranch to learn about the first homesteaders to settle in the area. A visit to the refuge can also be combined with a tour of Grand Teton National Park.

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Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
$199.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Family vacation
It was awesome.The guide was also awesome very friendly.Loved seeing all the animals and all the history about the elk.
Lisa_S, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Jackson Hole

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Great Experience in the Teton
FRANK_B, Apr 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
We had a terrific time , our guide was really informative and funny. We actually saw 10 Moose. I would highly recommend this . Something for any age .
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DO IT
Tom_E, Mar 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
Absolutely amazing time and well worth every penny! I got to see every animal I had hoped to see and our guide was extremely informative of the area and knowledgeable. Having the binoculars and spotting scope made for stunning photos! Make sure to take a day to do this tour if in the area - you won’t regret it!
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Incredible Views & Adventures
Anjani_L, Mar 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
Had such a great time on this trip! Our tour guide, Andrew, was super knowledgeable and accommodated all our needs/special requests. Would 10/10 recommend this tour to anyone interested in a packed day filled with beautiful views!
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Kelsey was an amazing...
Nolan_S, Mar 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
Kelsey was an amazing guide! She was a wonderful communicator, and she shared her knowledge with us about all the different animals and history of the area. She helped us spot all different kinds of wildlife: Moose, bald Eagle, elk, red fox, coyote, wolf, big horn sheep… just to name a few. Highly recommend this tour and Kelsey as your guide.
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Family trip
Brooke_H, Mar 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
Our guide Kyle was amazing we had so much fun and his passion for wildlife was contagious!! He worked so hard to personalize our trip.
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Tetons
Melinda_M, Mar 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
This was a wonderful tour-our guide, Kyle, was excellent and full of knowledge besides being fun! We saw several moose, coyote, a bald eagle, Rocky Mountain sheep and other animals! A great day!
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Terrific Teton Experience
Rob_M, Mar 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
This tour was truly fantastic. Kelsey was our guide, and she was simply fantastic. Her incredible knowledge of the wildlife and terrain made a major difference in our overall experience. We. Or only left with a new appreciation and insights for the Tetons but also many incredible photos. Kelsey’s excitement and energy were infectious, and she made our entire family enjoy this experience. Highly recommend this tour. Btw, the lunch in downtown Jackson was fantastic.
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Great experience seeing all the animals in the Grand Teton national park!
Chris, Mar 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
Great experience seeing all the animals in the Grand Teton national park. I highly recommend this experience !
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It truly was a once in a...
Kya_B, Feb 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
It truly was a once in a life experience!!! Best day ever. Our guide was very knowledgeable and he was a joy to be with.
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Brett was an amazing...
Wendy_T, Feb 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
Brett was an amazing guide! A wealth of knowledge!! Well planned out tour. I would do the tour again!
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Highly recommend! A great way to experience grand teton and the wildlife
MAEGAN_K, Feb 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
The guide Haley was so knowledgeable and friendly! And a great driver, we saw a variety of animals and beautiful scenery ! It was a wonderful time
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Back to Nature
John_S, Feb 2022
Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip
Haley, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and charming to boot. We had an enjoyable day and were able to see moose, big horn sheep, coyote, elk, swans, and bison. All and all a wonderful day of sightseeing.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The National Elk Refuge is a must-visit for families and wildlife enthusiasts visiting Jackson Hole.

  • Visit the refuge on a half-day tour, or combine it with Grand Teton National Park for a full day of wildlife viewing.

  • Keep a safe distance from wildlife, for both your safety and the animals’.

  • Dress in layers with sturdy shoes, and don’t forget to bring sun protection, even in winter.

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How to Get There

The entrance to the National Elk Refuge is just a mile from Jackson Hole. Most visitors drive there independently, though it’s also possible to join a wildlife watching tour with included round-trip transportation from Jackson Hole hotels.

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When to Get There

It’s possible to spot wildlife at the refuge year-round, but the best time for elk sightings is near dawn or dusk during the winter months, when some 5,000 elk come to the refuge to overwinter. If you visit during summer, ask at the visitor’s center for suggestions on where to spot elk.

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ElkFest

Each weekend before Memorial Day, the Jackson Hole community gathers in Town Square to celebrate ElkFest. Among the main events is an antler auction, where thousands of pounds of elk antlers collected by the National Elk Refuge staff are sold to benefit the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Jackson District Boy Scouts.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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