The National Elk Refuge is a must see the next time you’re in Jackson, Wyoming.
One of the largest elk herd sanctuaries in the world is located North of the town of Jackson. The 24,700 acres of protected lands provides a safe haven for elk from the harsh winter conditions of Yellowstone National Park.
The National Elk Refuge was created to protect the largest migration of elk in the world. Every year, around fall, an estimated 7,500 elk make their way to the refuge to protect themselves from the high snow accumulations of Yellow Stone National Park. When spring arrives, and the snow begins to recede, the elk make their way back north to Yellowstone in pursuit of the sprouting spring grass.
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Bordered by the Grand Teton National Park to the north, Bridger -Teton National Forest to the northeast, and Jackson to the south, the National Elk Refuge is absolutely stunning and worth the short drive from Jackson Hole Ski Resort.
Visitors can take a winter sleigh ride powered by two large horses to get a closer look at the wildlife during the winter months. The best time to visit the refuge is between the months of November and April when the elk have migrated to the valley.
The refuge’s valley also is home to many other endangered animals like bison, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and even rare sightings of wolves and grizzly bears. The National Elk Refuge is an excellent place to visit to see first hand the state of Wyoming’s wildlife and epic landscapes.