Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • Jackson Elk Herd

    Bison and Elk Management Step-down Plan

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the final Environmental Assessment and final Bison and Elk Management Step-down Plan.

    Learn more >

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    Refuge Access Regulations

    Click here to read about winter closures and access regulations in effect.

    Refuge Access Regulations

  • Winter Sleigh Rides

    Winter Sleigh Rides

    Horse-drawn rides are a popular refuge winter activity. Experience this unique way to visit the refuge.

    Learn more about Sleigh Rides

  • Historic Miller Ranch

    Historic Miller Ranch

    Enjoy a visit to a historic homestead. The Miller Ranch is open during the summer season.

    Historic Miller Ranch

News & Updates

Proposed Visitor Center Replacement Public Comment Period

October 13, 2021 2021 Conceptual VC Design

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Elk Refuge is reminding the public that the public comment period on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed replacement Visitor Center on the National Elk Refuge ends on October 20, 2021.

Click here to learn more (link to website)

National Wildlife Refuge Week

October 10, 2021 2021 NWRW Promo Photo

The National Elk Refuge is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 10-16, with library art packets, an October Art Challenge, and an outdoor display of the 100 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp entries from the 2021 contest.

Click here to learn more (PDF)

Changes to Elk Hunting on the Refuge

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The National Elk Refuge’s 2021 elk hunt program begins October 12 and runs through December 12. There are several notable changes that will be implemented this season.

Click here to learn more (PDF)
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Archived News Stories

Read news stories from 2019 along with those from previous years.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS