Facility Rules and Policies

Special Use Permits
Commercial Activities 
A researcher monitoring a nestbox on the Refuge.

Includes: workshops & wildlife viewing tours. Please note: photography and filming that takes place on areas closed to the public requires a permit. Application Form

Research & Monitoring

Includes: biological work & geological monitoring. Application Form

General Activities

All other permits. Application Form

For questions or to submit completed application form, please email Raena Parsons, Visitor Services Manager: raena_parsons@fws.gov

A minimum of ten business days is required to request a permit. 

Winter Wildlife Closures
Mule deer in winter on the Refuge.

Winter wildlife closures exist to prioritize the health and survival of local wildlife. While areas may be closed to people, those areas are open to wildlife. As the population of the local and traveling community continues to grow, wildlife face increased pressure to find suitable habitat. By following the rules of posted wildlife closures, you are helping wildlife!

Refuge Road

From December 1st through April 30th, a seasonal closure limits public travel on the Refuge Road. During that period, traffic and pedestrian use are only allowed from the Refuge entrance from East Broadway Avenue to the Twin Creek subdivision (approximately 3½ miles from the Refuge entrance). The closure is critical to protect winter wildlife on the Refuge.

Multi-use Pathway

From November 1st through April 30th, the pathway is closed from the Flat Creek bridge to the Gros Ventre bridge. The closure remains in place to protect migrating and wintering wildlife, including elk and mule deer. 

May 1st Opening

Starting May 1 at 6AM, the Refuge Road beyond the county maintained section opens to public. This allows access to the Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek Roads and the adjoining Bridger-Teton National Forest. This area is closed each winter from December 1 through April 30 to protect wintering wildlife.

Notice for May 1, 2022: The Town of Jackson has changed the procedure for accessing the Refuge Road. For more information on shed collection in Teton County, Wyoming, please visit this site.