Facility Activities

Visitors to the National Elk Refuge may experience their Refuge through a number outdoor recreational opportunities. 

Alert: Bear Activity -  Both hunters and Refuge staff have had regular sightings of bears and bear tracks in Refuge hunt areas this season. Though bear spray is not required in the hunt areas, it is strongly recommended. Bear spray is an effective deterrent that is...

Where can I go fishing?

Gros Ventre River is open April 1 - November 30. The Gros Ventre River from the east Refuge boundary downstream to the U.S. Highway 89 bridge is closed to fishing from December 1 through March 31 to protect wintering wildlife. Access is through Grand Teton National...

The landscape and wildlife that comprise the National Elk Refuge offers one of the most iconic experiences in Jackson, WY. The refuge provides opportunities for inspiration and connection to the natural world. Visitors are empowered to make their own connections, build understanding and...

Wildlife watching is the premiere activity on the National Elk Refuge.

Winter

Visitors are easily able to observe elk, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and coyotes. Visitors looking to observe wildlife should travel the Refuge Road, visit the Jackson Hole & Greater...

The education team at the National Elk Refuge offers a variety of exciting educational programs that highlight natural history and life sciences. 

Environmental Education Programs (curriculum-based)

The education team at the National Elk Refuge offers a variety...

Multi-Use Pathway

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 pathway continues north an additional 15 miles into Grand Teton National Park, ending at...