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Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

There’s a special beauty to Grand Teton National Park in the snowy silence of winter, free of the summertime crowds. On this Grand Teton day trip from Jackson Hole, a guide helps you search for bison and bighorn sheep, and you could also see moose, coyotes, eagles, or even wolves. In addition, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art as well as the National Elk Refuge, where you ride past herds of powerful elk on a comfortable, horse-drawn sleigh.
  • Full-day guided wildlife tour through the Teton Range, from Jackson Hole
  • Drive deep into Grand Teton National Park to view wildlife
  • Enjoy lunch and incredible views at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
  • Bundle up for a fun ride on a horse-drawn sleigh in the National Elk Refuge
  • Learn about the Wyoming wilderness from your guide
  • Snap great photos of wildlife and mountain scenery

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

If you are an animal lover or nature photographer, this tour is definitely for you. A naturalist guide knows the spots to go to see critters roaming their natural habitat. And you'll do it all in the comfort and safety of provided transportation.
Naturalist guide
National Elk Refuge admittance
Snacks
Beverages
Use of binoculars
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Restaurant lunch
Guide Gratuities (recommended at 10-15% of the tour cost)
National Park Entrance fees ($15 USD per person)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please let us know where you are staying in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area including Teton Village, Jackson, and Wilson, Wyoming. We will offer front door pickup for MOST locations in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
This Grand Teton wildlife tour begins at your Jackson Hole hotel, where your local guide will transport you to Grand Teton National Park.

Upon entering the snowy and scenic park, join your guide in scanning the landscape for movement and signs of wildlife, and since your knowledgeable guide knows right where to look, there’s a good chance of spotting a wealth of wildlife from bison to eagles to elk. Bighorn sheep are also common in Grand Teton National Park, as are moose, mule deer, coyotes, pronghorn antelope, and wolves.

After 43 miles of touring the park, you’ll warm up with lunch near Jackson Hole at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Peruse the museum’s 14 galleries of nature-inspired art, and children can even create their own art at the Children’s Discovery Center.

After exploring the exceptional wildlife museum, you’ll return outdoors for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the heart of the National Elk Refuge. Your guide will discuss how the herds of elk migrate all the way here from Yellowstone. This refuge stretches across 24,700 acres (9,996 hectares). In addition to being the elk’s winter home, it also plays host to 47 mammal species and 175 species of birds.

Finally, after a day of searching for wildlife and celebrating the beauty of nature, your Grand Teton day trip concludes with a warm, comfortable ride to back to your Jackson Hole hotel.     
Itinerary
Stop At:  
BrushBuck Wildlife Tours
After early morning pickup from your Jackson Hole hotel, your naturalist guide takes you into Grand Teton National Park. Even in the quiet of a snowy winter, wildlife can be spotted in the park and your guide knows where to look for animals. On any given day, you could see moose, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, or even wolves as you explore the park. At midday, come in from the cold to enjoy lunch in the famous western cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming. After lunch, head back outside for a horse-drawn sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge. Snap social media–worthy pics of the large herds as your guide explains how the elk migrate from the surrounding area to the refuge, a 24,700-acre (9,996-hectare) winter sanctuary to 47 different mammals and nearly 175 species of birds such as trumpeter swans and bald eagles. At the end of a memorable 8-hour tour of this winter wonderland, your guide returns you to your hotel where your tour ends.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
National Elk Refuge
National Elk Refuge, Jackson, WY 83001
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grand Teton
Grand Teton National Park, WY
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • What to wear: Snow boots/sturdy hiking boots, a winter coat, long/warm pants, gloves, scarf, and gloves
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Brushbuck Guide Services, Inc.

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip.

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Sandra_H
, Mar 2020
We enjoyed getting so close to the elk. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the elk, the environment and how they are working to conserve the natural beauty of the area and the elk. The slave drawn wagon was a fun experience even though the winds were chili for our trip.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Being out on the National Elk Refuge as part of our Winter Wonderland tour is an amazing experience. Being on the horse drawn sleigh gives you the opportunity to get very close to the wildlife. We are glad that you enjoyed your tour and would love to see you come back and join us again for another winter tour in Grand Teton National Park, or summer tour in either Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Park.
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Loved it more than I thought I would
Sandra_H
, Mar 2020
Our guide was so knowledgeable and personable that he really made the trip. We were also very fortunate that the animals cooperated and we saw Buffalo, moose up close, mountain goats, otters, and coyotes. We were fortunate to have good weather so we were able to get out of the van and experience the animals first hand.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour with us. Please let us know if we can help you with tours in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Africa, Alaska or anywhere else we operate tours in the future.
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To hard to pick a favorite - I loved it all!
Pam_T
, Feb 2020
Such a fun day! Our guide, Jace was amazing - so knowledgeable about not only the animals, but also on the history in the area. The guides all do a great job of communicating to each other as to where they have spotted animals. We saw wolf (at a distance), eagles, coyotes, mule dear, a moose, some pheasant, a fox and some big horn sheep and of course, the amazing sleigh ride through the elk. Great day!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Pam! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your day. We would love to see you back on a summer tour soon!
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Great day
cwilson
, Feb 2020
Great day with Clint as guide. Sightings of wolf, coyote, fox, bison, moose and horned owl in the morning plus the elk reserve in the afternoon with finale of bighorn. Fun day with very knowledgeable guide.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for your review. We are happy that you had such a wonderful tour.
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Awesome Day!!
Storyteller533349
, Jan 2020
Our tour was just wonderful! Some guests were no shows so my husband and I had the tour to ourselves, and we saw moose, elk, bison, big horn sheep, prong horn sheep, bald eagles and wonderful country. Our guide was super knowledgeable and personable and made the trip a lot of fun. We we're definitely happy that we booked the trip and are likely to come back and do it again with our boys!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you so much for the thoughtful review! We would love to see you folks back with your kids in the future!
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Amazing tour through the Grand Tetons
JenniferS603
, Dec 2019
Haley our guide was a great guide and knew and shared so much about the animals, the history of the park. We saw so many wildlife- Swas, Otters, Moose, Buffalo, Sheep and Elk. The sleigh ride was epic seeing the elk in their natural habitat. Well worth the spend and day!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your thoughtful review of your time in the park with Haeli!
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Our guide was extremely knowledgable...
Jamison G
, Jan 2016
Our guide was extremely knowledgable and friendly. We were extremely lucky on this trip as we got within 15 feet of a moose inside the vehicle of course and a close look at a wolf towards the end. I was very pleased.
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excellent had a wonderful guide would...
dazie29
, Jan 2016
excellent had a wonderful guide would recommend to anyone

Product code: 6029WINTER

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