Trails

Multi-Use Pathway on the Refuge.

The National Elk Refuge is highly regarded as an iconic place to see wildlife. This is largely due to the limited number of trails and public access areas on the Refuge. 

The main trail on the Refuge is the nearly 6 mile, paved pathway that runs along beautiful wetland and grassland habitat. The trail connects to several paved trails in Grand Teton National Park. 

Cycling is the most popular activity along the pathway. Visitors who are looking for a full day adventure can bike from the National Elk Refuge to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. This 40 mile roundtrip cycle is a stunning way to experience the Refuge and Grand Teton without the use of a vehicle. 

Visitors who are looking for a shorter adventure can stroll along the beginning of the pathway, which departs from the north lawn of the National Elk Refuge & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. Flat Creek meanders under the pathway, allowing for opportunities to spot cutthroat trout, river otters, and various ducks.

In order to minimize negative wildlife impacts, dogs are not allow on the pathway. Please adhere to all safety and regulation signs posted along the pathway.

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Crystal Butte National Forest Access Trail

An unmaintained, steep trail that allows direct access to the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The trail is open May 1 - November 30th. Visitors must remain on the trail until they reach the Forest Service boundary sign. Please note that this trail is not signed. Visitors are encouraged to bring a topographical map and have strong route-finding skills. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.56
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / Advanced
Hard
Estimated Time
30 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Hiking
Photography
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Curtis Canyon National Forest Access Trail

An unmaintained, rugged trail that allows direct access to the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The trail is open May 1 - November 30th. Visitors must remain on the trail until they reach the Forest Service boundary sign. Please note that this trail is not signed. Visitors are encouraged to bring a topographical map and have strong route-finding skills.
Trail Length (mi)
0.15
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / Advanced
Hard
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Hiking
Photography
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Dry Hollow Trail

An unmaintained, rugged trail that allows direct access to the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The trail is open May 1 - November 30th. Visitors must remain on the trail until they reach the Forest Service boundary sign. Please note that this trail is not signed. Visitors are encouraged to bring a topographical map and have strong route-finding skills. 
Trail Length (mi)
0.99
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Estimated Time
30 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Trail Activities
Birding
Hiking
Photography
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Multi-Use Pathway

This paved trail connects the town of Jackson, Wyoming to Grand Teton National through the western boundary of the National Elk Refuge. The trail is ideal for cycling, walking, jogging, and birdwatching.
Trail Length (mi)
5.93
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / intermediate
Moderate
Route Type
System
Trail Activities
Accessible trails
Biking
Birding
Hiking
Painting and drawing
Photography
Running
Wildlife watching
Suitability
Kid friendly
Wheelchair friendly
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