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 local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people 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.


Features

  • 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

Partial Fire Restrictions Begin July 1, 2021

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Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect for Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and National Elk Refuge beginning 12:01 a.m. Thursday July 1, 2021.

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Fire Danger Has Increased To Very High

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The fire danger rating has been elevated to very high for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and the National Elk Refuge. Conditions in the Teton Interagency area are drying rapidly, and a fire may start easily, spread quickly and burn intensely. Everyone is asked to practice heightened fire safety at all times.

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Proposed New Hunting Opportunities

National Elk Refuge proposes opening opportunities to hunt white-tailed deer and pronghorn on areas already open to hunting. We are seeking public comments on the proposal during May 21 – June 21, 2021. For more information, visit our regional New Hunting and Fishing Opportunities webpage and click on "2021-2022 Hunting and Sport Fishing Seasons."

New Hunting and Fishing Opportunities (website)
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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

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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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