Visitor Activities

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Recreation activities on wildlife refuges, commonly referred to as the "Big 6," include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

  • Wildlife Viewing & Photography

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    The National Elk Refuge offers outstanding wildlife viewing and photography opportunities year-round. Consider joining a winter sleigh ride, walking or bicycle riding on the multi-use pathway (May through October) or exploring the Refuge Road your own with maps and suggestions from visitor center staff.

    Please read the winter wildlife viewing guide before driving the the Refuge Road in the winter months.

  • Environmental Education & Interpretation

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    Regularly scheduled public programs will resume in December 2019. 

    Educators who are interested in scheduling a private program should see the For Educators page.

  • Hunting

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    Elk and bison hunting are permitted recreational activities on the refuge. Hunting supports management of wildlife populations. To learn more about obtaining a permit, hunting season, and regulations, please click here.

  • Fishing

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    Fishing on Flat Creek is a challenging but popular angling experience in late summer. To learn more about fishing on the National Elk Refuge, please click here.

  • Multi-Use Pathway

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    The Multi-Use Pathway on the National Elk Refuge is part of a larger network of trails constructed and maintained by Jackson Hole Community Pathways of Teton County. The five-mile segment of the pathway located on the Refuge runs from just north of the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at Flat Creek to the Gros Ventre River.

    The Multi-Use Pathway is closed annually from November 1-April 30, which maximizes benefits to wildlife, important wildlife habitat, and migration corridors. The Refuge has the ability to extend this closure date based on wildlife presence and migration.