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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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

Fire Danger Has Increased To High

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Teton Interagency fire managers announce the fire danger rating has been elevated to high for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, and remaining portions of the Teton Interagency Dispatch area. The potential for fire activity has increased due to summer curing of vegetation combined with hot temperatures and dry, windy conditions.

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ElkFest Postponed

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ElkFest and the annual Jackson District Boy Scout elk antler auction has been postponed. The community event, previously scheduled to be held May 16, 2020, has officially been postponed due to COVID-19 public health safety measures, which limit large public gatherings and recommend social distancing. The new date of ElkFest and the elk antler auction will be announced later in the summer.

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Change in Operations

March 18, 2020 covid19 update

The National Elk Refuge has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center is temporarily closed. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. All visitor activities and programs that operate out of the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center have been cancelled for the remainder of the winter season. This includes Winter Sleigh Rides, Naturalist-led Wildlife Excursions, and Feathered Fridays. The Refuge itself remains open from sunrise to sunset. Note however, that public restrooms, including vault toilets, are closed. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you enjoy your visit to the Refuge. Updates will be posted to the website as they are made available.

Final Environmental Assessment and Final Bison and Elk Management Step-down Plan

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released the final Environmental Assessment and final Bison and Elk Management Step-down Plan, which provides a structured framework that refuge staff and partners can implement over the next five years to achieve measurable progress towards reaching the objective of reducing reliance on supplemental feeding. The final Step-down Plan does not aim to reduce the total number of elk in the Jackson herd. Rather, the plan aims to gradually reduce the number of elk that rely on artificial feeding on the refuge over time.

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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.

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