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Refuge Road winter travel restrictions begin December 1

11_23_13_Article_RoadClosure3In conjunction with Bridger-Teton National Forest winter travel restrictions, a portion of the National Elk Refuge Road will be closed to public travel from Sunday, December 1, 2013 through Wednesday, April 30, 2104 to protect wintering wildlife.

November 22, 2013 (13-27)

In conjunction with Bridger-Teton National Forest winter travel restrictions, a portion of the National Elk Refuge Road will be closed to public travel from Sunday, December 1, 2013 through Wednesday, April 30, 2104 to protect wintering wildlife. The closure, which begins approximately 3½ miles northeast of the Refuge’s entrance on Broadway Street in Jackson, includes both Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek roads. 

Elk and bison hunters with National Elk Refuge permits will be allowed to drive through the closure to access hunt parking lots during the days their permits are valid. Hunters must drive directly to the designated lots to park and stay within the specified boundaries while hunting. The elk season concludes at dusk on Sunday, December 15, with the bison season running through Sunday, January 12. No public travel beyond the closure will be allowed after the hunting seasons conclude.

The Refuge Road is a popular destination in the winter as elk, bighorn sheep, and other animals can frequently be seen close to the roadway, providing both wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. Travelers on the roadway often stop, park, or leave vehicles unattended while observing wildlife, obstructing the safe movement and passing of other vehicles. While visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the rich wildlife viewing opportunities during the winter months, drivers that want to extend photography and wildlife viewing experiences should pull off the roadway, safely park, and allow for the free movement of other traffic.

All visitors and residents using the open portion of the Refuge Road need to note that travel is confined to the roadway only. All off–road travel is prohibited, including walking, skiing, or other recreational activities. Dogs are also limited to the roadway and must be leashed at all times. This limits disturbance to wintering animals during a time when energy conservation is key to their survival.

A Refuge Road Wildlife Viewing Guide is available on the Maps link of this web site.


 

 

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2013
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