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Refuge Description

About_Description_ArticleThe National Elk Refuge consists of 24,700 acres of intermountain valley in the Jackson Hole area of northwestern Wyoming. The Refuge is within Teton County and is bounded on the south by the Town of Jackson, on the east by Bridger–Teton National Forest, and on the north by Grand Teton National Park. 

The Refuge is six miles wide at its widest point and ten miles long from southwest to northeast. The elevation varies from 6,200 feet to 7,200 feet. The Teton Range, visible to the west, rise to 13,766 feet at the summit of Grand Teton. The valley and surrounding mountains show classic examples of glaciation.

Much of the Refuge consists of grassy meadows and marshes on the valley floor. The flood plain forest along the Gros Ventre River contains blue spruce, narrowleaf cottonwood, red osier dogwood and willow as major species. There are extensive areas of big sagebrush and rocky outcroppings. The forested areas of lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, and aspen are mostly on the northern slopes of the Gros Ventre hills. 

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2013
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