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 2016 / 2017 season ran from Saturday, December 17 through Saturday, April 8. This represents the typical start and end of the season, though the schedule varies slightly from year to year. Wagons can be substituted for sleighs during spring weather.
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.
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.
RatesAdults: $21Children ages 5-12: $15Children 4 and under: freePrivate Sleighs: $375 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 sleighThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Gift certificates are available for purchase and make a unique gift. Please contact the contractor at the phone number or email listed above.
Safety NoteSleigh 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. Refuge winter naturalists are available to give school group
presentations at the visitor center. Please call 307.739.9322 to inquire about
winter education programs for students.
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