Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

  • 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

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    Refuge Access Regulations

    Click here to read about winter closures and access regulations in effect on April 30 and May 1.

    Refuge Access Regulations

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    Refuge Photo Gallery

    Enjoy a collection of photographs on the National Elk Refuge photo sharing Flickr site.

    Photo Gallery Link...

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    ElkFest

    Each May, an antler auction is held on Jackson's Town Square, where antlers collected on the refuge are sold.

    ElkFest and Other Visitor Activities

  • 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

National Elk Refuge announces contingency plan for operations

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Refuge Manager Brian Glaspell has announced a contingency plan for operations if a spending bill is not approved by December 22, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. (EST).

National Elk Refuge announces contingency plan for operations

L.L. Bean gift guide features historic Miller House

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The staff at the refuge has been anxiously flipping through L.L. Bean holiday catalogs this month, looking for familiar scenes and models after serving as a shooting location for the well-known retail company earlier this year.

L.L. Bean gift guide features historic Miller House

Educational winter programs to begin

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The National Elk Refuge is pleased to announce the 2018 / 2019 winter program schedule.

Educational winter programs to begin

Refuge reminds public of winter travel restrictions

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Recreationists are asked to respect all travel restrictions on the Refuge this winter while enjoying the abundance of area wildlife.

Refuge reminds public of winter travel restrictions
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Elk

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions at the National Elk Refuge.

Frequently Asked Questions

Archived News Stories

Archived News Stories

Archived News Stories

Read news stories from 2018 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.

Learn more about the NWRS