Imagine taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride among an elk herd numbering in the thousands. At the National Elk Refuge, such an adventure is available to winter visitors from mid-December through early April via a private contractor, Double H Bar, Inc.
The 2012 / 2013 season began on Monday, December 17 and are scheduled to run through Saturday, April 6. Wagons can be substituted for sleighs when inadequate snow remains. This still gives visitors a fun and exciting way to closely view the elk on the refuge.
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Sleigh ride contact information is listed on the left. Please note that reservations are requested for private sleighs or large groups -- see First Come, First Served paragraph below.
Sleigh rides on the National Elk Refuge operate from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, including all weekends and holidays except for Christmas Day. The sleigh rides tickets are sold at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 North Cache Street, several blocks north of Jackson's Town Square.
Visitors purchase their tickets at the Visitor Center and take a free shuttle bus to the sleigh boarding area three miles north of Jackson. Sleigh rides last approximately one hour, including the shuttle ride to and from the sleigh ride site. Accommodations exist for visitors with disabilities.
Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
First Come, First Served
Sleigh rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are available but are not required. Reservations are requested for private tours and groups of 20 people or more.
Appropriate dress for a sleigh ride includes a warm coat, hat, gloves, and warm boots. Surprisingly, the temperature can feel significantly colder on the sleigh compared to conditions in town. Chilling winds often blow up the valley, and snowstorms can move in quickly. By dressing in layers, sleigh riders can adjust to changes in the temperature.
School Group Policy
Please contact the contractor at 307.733.0277 to inquire about sleigh ride school group rates.
Refuge winter naturalists are available to give school group presentations at the visitor center. Please call 307.733.9212x6 to inquire about winter education programs for students.