National Elk Refuge

The National Elk Refuge is about 24,700 acres of intermountain valley habitat. Famous as the home for to up to 6,000 or 7,000 elk in the winter months, the National Elk Refuge provides open space for a number of species.

In the spring (April and May) thousands of elk migrate back to higher elevations, leaving the refuge seemingly empty. Families of bighorn sheep sprinkle Miller Butte, Trumpeter Swans play in the Flat Creek March and the Pinnacle Peak Wolves are likely out of sight. This live footage gives you a taste of the view from every room at Flat Creek Inn.

The proximity of the Refuge to town and good management practices, make it easy to enjoy the Refuge regularly. You can walk, jog, bike, and drive through on the Refuge Road, with access at the end of East Broadway Street in the Town of Jackson, though you must stay on the road at all times. 

In addition to scenic beauty, the Refuge has historical significance as well. Visit the over 100-year-old Miller Ranch approximately 3/4 up the road. Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm during the summer volunteers will host you for a tour and tell you stories of the early homesteaders.

Departing from the Jackson Hole Greater Yellowstone Visitors Center the National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides are an excellent way to enjoy the land during the winter. Riders will be taken out on horse-drawn sleighs to see the elk herd up close.