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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • 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.

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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

Multi-Use Pathway Re-authorization

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Elk Refuge has re-authorized the Compatibility Determination (CD) for the Multi-Use Pathway on the west side of the Refuge. There were no changes from the recently expired CD except the Service defined the types of bicycles that are permitted on the trail. A public comment period for this re-authorization took place from November 19 through December 10, 2020. Twenty-eight written comments were received.

Please read the Press Release for more information

Now Hiring!

January 22, 2021 2021 Irrigation Hiring

Join our irrigation team on the National Elk Refuge this summer! Enjoy spectacular landscapes of mountains, rolling sagebrush covered hills, and grasslands in northwestern Wyoming’s Jackson Hole valley. Position includes assisting with operation and maintenance of a state of the art K-Line irrigation system which irrigates 4,000 acres of grasslands crucial to winter range habitat on the National Elk Refuge.

Learn about open positions

Sleigh Rides Have Begun!

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Experience the wildlife wonders of the National Elk Refuge on an hour-long winter sleigh ride. For operational hours and ticketing information, please click the link below.

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Archived News Stories

Archived News Stories

Archived News Stories

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

Archived News Stories

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.

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