Winter Sleigh Rides


Horse-drawn rides onto the refuge are the most popular winter activity, allowing riders a unique wildlife viewing experience and an incredible opportunity for photography.

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. Photos of the sleigh ride program are available on the National Elk Refuge photo gallery

The 2018 / 2019 season begins on Saturday, December 15 and is scheduled to run through Saturday, April 6. This represents the typical end of the season, though the schedule varies slightly from year to year depending on conditions. Wagons can be substituted for sleighs during spring-like weather when snow coverage is slim.

During the season, 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 for visitors with disabilities are available. Winter Visitor Center hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Reservations for sleigh rides 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.   

Adults: $25
Children ages 5-12: $15
Children 4 and under: free
Private Sleighs: $450 per sleigh, 16-18 people maximum. 
Group rates are available for parties of 20 people or more. Further information on group reservations is available below.

Contact information or to book a sleigh
The sleigh rides are operated by Double H Bar, Inc., a private contractor working with the National Elk Refuge. To inquire about a sleigh ride or make a reservation by phone, please call 307.733.0277 or 1.800.772.5386. To contact via email, please use

Gift certificates are available for purchase and make a unique gift. Please contact the contractor at the phone number or email listed above. 

Safety 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. 

School groups 
Please contact the contractor at 307.733.0277 to inquire about sleigh ride school group rates. If the sleigh ride is part of a larger educational program, the Refuge education team can coordinate with the sleigh ride contractor to offer free or reduced rates. Be sure to visit our School Programs page to learn more about the variety of educational opportunities available.