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

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Winter Wildlife Viewing

    Learn how you can be a good conservation steward while observing and photographing wildlife.

    Winter Wildlife Viewing

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    Feathered Fridays

    The Refuge is again partnering with the Teton Raptor Center to present a series of "Feathered Fridays" visits this winter.

    Feathered Fridays to continue this winter

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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...

News & Updates

Refuge to offer an evening of celestial viewing

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February 14, 2018 Update: Our program has been canceled due to a medical emergency with our key presenter. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery. We hope to reschedule the program in March.

Refuge to offer an evening of celestial viewing

Refuge to hold Animal Olympics event in February

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With the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony just over a week away, the National Elk Refuge winter naturalist staff is putting finishing touches on a series of activities focusing on the athleticism of the Refuge's wild populations.

Refuge to hold Animal Olympics event in February

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 January 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm (ET).

Refuge announces contingency plan for operations

Encouraging sustainable winter wildlife viewing

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While sharing wildlife viewing opportunities with the public is exciting, Refuge staff struggles to balance it with human-interactions that can cause more harm than good.

Encouraging sustainable winter wildlife viewing
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