December 4, 2013 (NER 13-28)
National Elk Refuge is pleased to announce the 2013 / 2014 winter program
schedule for the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. The
visitor center, open from 9:00 am
to 5:00 pm daily, is located at
532 N. Cache Street in Jackson.
Refuge’s most popular educational program takes place from the unique confines
of a horse–drawn sleigh. Sleigh rides begin for the season on Monday, December
16 and operate daily from 10:00 am
to 4:00 pm, except for Christmas
Day. The rides are an exciting way to observe and photograph wildlife on the
Refuge. In addition to elk, passengers routinely see coyotes, bald eagles,
trumpeter swans, ravens, and other wildlife.
purchase sleigh ride tickets at the visitor center and are transported on a
free shuttle bus to the sleigh boarding area three miles north of Jackson.
Sleighs depart three to four times each hour throughout the day, with rides
typically lasting an hour. The sleigh rides are operated under contract by
Double H Bar, Inc. Rates are $19 for adults and $15 for children ages 5 through
12, with children under age 5 riding for free. Reservations are required for
private tours and groups of 20 people or more; smaller groups or families may
make reservations, but advanced booking is not necessary. Additional
information on sleigh rides, including group rates, reservations, and gift
certificate purchases, is available by visiting the sleigh ride link or calling 307.733.0277. View photos of the sleigh rides on the National Elk Refuge's photo gallery.
an additional opportunity to enjoy the abundant wildlife wintering on the
Refuge, naturalists will offer wildlife viewing excursions five days per week
to those interested in a guided tour along the Refuge Road where elk, bighorn
sheep, waterfowl, and other animals can frequently be seen close to the roadway.
Participants will accompany a naturalist to learn more about Refuge history and
wildlife management other than in a traditional visitor center setting.
wildlife excursion program begins on Tuesday, December 17 and runs through
Saturday, March 15. Tours are available Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays,
and Saturdays from 1:30 – 4:00 pm,
with an additional morning trip offered on Saturdays from 9:30 – noon. Group
size is limited; reservations are required. Beginning December 5th, call
307.734.9378 or stop in the visitor center to reserve a seat. The wildlife
viewing excursions are offered free of charge through the generous support of
the Grand Teton Association.
Grand Teton Association is a nonprofit organization that operates sales outlets
in a number of federally–operated visitor centers and contact stations
throughout the area. The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center
serves as one of the association’s largest sales outlets. All full–price
merchandise is discounted 20% through December 24, with current or new Grand
Teton Association members receiving 25% off. Sales support educational,
interpretive, and research projects on the National Elk Refuge. All store
visitors that mention they heard advertising for the December sale will be
entered to win two sleigh ride tickets. The drawing will take place on December
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