Plan Your Visit


From an interagency visitor center full of exciting exhibits to a historic homestead, the National Elk Refuge offers year-round opportunities for learning and exploring. Located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, wildlife viewing opportunities abound.

  • Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center


    The visitor center is the perfect location to start your visit, where staff can orient you to the area and suggest activities to enhance your visit. Area travel maps are available to help pre-plan your trip.

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  • Historic Miller Ranch


    The historic Miller Ranch is open from the end of May through the middle of September. The scenic location is a wonderful setting to learn about the establishment of the refuge.

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  • Winter Sleigh Rides


    No winter trip to the National Elk Refuge is complete without a sleigh ride onto the refuge for an up-close view of wintering animals. The unique experience is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.

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  • Wildlife Viewing


    The National Elk Refuge offers outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities, particularly during the winter months. Visitors can choose from an interpretive sleigh ride offered in the winter, enjoy a walk or bicycle ride on the multi-use pathway open from May through October, or explore the Refuge Road and other Jackson Hole valley locations on their own with maps and suggestions from visitor center staff.  

    Special regulations and guidance are key to reducing stress to wintering wildlife and are outlined in a Winter Wildlife Viewing link.

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