Winter Sleigh Rides

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Horse-drawn sleigh rides onto the National Elk Refuge is the most popular winter activity onsite, allowing visitors a unique wildlife viewing experience and an incredible opportunity for photography.


 

Winter Sleigh Rides:
Thousands of elk migrate to the National Elk Refuge every winter. During this time, horse-drawn rides are available to the public for a unique wildlife viewing experience. Sleigh rides are operated by Double H Bar, Inc. (private contractor) on the National Elk Refuge.

Season & Hours of Operation:
December 14, 2020 - April 3, 2021 (conditions permitting). Sleigh rides are available between 10:00am-4:00pm daily. Closed Christmas Day, December 25th.

Sleigh Ride Duration:
Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour on the sleigh. From check-in to drop off, approximately 1 1/2 hour.

How to buy tickets:

  • Sleigh ride tickets are sold in person from an outdoor ticket booth trailer positioned immediately adjacent to the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center in the parking lot, located at 532 North Cache Street, Jackson, WY. Tickets can be purchased in person between 9:00am-4:00pm during the sleigh ride season.
  • To inquire about a sleigh ride or to make a reservation by phone, please call 307-733-0277 or 1-800-772-5386, or by email. You can also visit nersleighrides.com for more information.
  • Reservations for groups of twenty or more are requested. Reservations for smaller groups are not required, but highly recommended during any holiday timeframes and are available anytime.
  • If members of your group require special assistance, you are encouraged to discuss this with the sleigh ride contractor in advance of your scheduled ride.

Rates:
Adults: $27
Children ages 5-12: $15
Children 4 and under: free
Private sleigh rides and gift certificates are available. For more information, please call 307-733-0277.
Prices include transportation to and from the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center parking lot to the sleigh rides, as well as the one hour ride. 

Field Trips and School Groups Inquiry
Please contact the contractor at 307-733-0277 to inquire about sleigh ride school group rates. For more information on educational programs offered by the National Elk Refuge education team, click here.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • The sleigh ride contractor will be following current local and state COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the contractor and refuge staff have adapted sleigh ride operations to ensure staff and visitor safety. Safety adaptations include: shuttles and sleighs are not operating at full capacity; disinfection of shuttles between uses; and mobile communications for visitors wishing to wait in the safety and comfort of their vehicles.  
  • Visitors should dress warmly and consider bringing their own blanket for the sleigh ride.
  • The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center is not scheduled to be open for the duration of the sleigh ride season. Sleigh ride participants can purchase tickets and check-in for their sleigh ride at the outdoor ticket booth trailer located adjacent to the visitor center in the parking lot.
  • Portable toilets are available to use in the parking lot. The Home Ranch Welcome Center, which has indoor restrooms, is located approximately two blocks south toward the Town of Jackson from the visitor center parking lot.

Please note: 
Sleigh riders traveling directly to or from the airport with luggage should note that unattended bags cannot be stored at the visitor center while passengers are out on a ride. Anyone with luggage will need to make prior arrangements for bag storage.