Get up close and personal with the Jackson Hole Elk herd!

March 6th, 2012 by Amy

So…you have spent numerous days shredding up the mountain, a day digging your snowmobile out of waist deep powder, and another touring Yellowstone National Park, and now you’re not sure how much more your body can handle…It’s time to check out the National Elk Refuge, just south of Grand Teton National Park.

Whether you are into wildlife viewing, photography, or you are just looking for an activity that is more relaxing than strenuous; the sleigh rides through the National Elk refuge are a great way to spend your time in Jackson Hole.  The National Elk Refuge was established in 1912, to help maintain the local elk population.

I took my sister on a sleigh ride a few of winters ago, and we had a wonderful time.  We were met by wonderful people – from our shuttle drive to our guide, and of course the team of horses; everything was just amazing.  Our guide gave us blankets to help keep us warm, and it really added to the ambiance of the sleigh ride.  I would recommend dressing for cold weather – the wind is usually blowing, and it can be very cold.  However, it is well worth braving the winter elements when your sleigh pulls with in mere feet of these magnificent creatures.  We were able to get amazing pictures of huge bulls, and the scenery was spectacular.  Our guide did a wonderful job of explaining everything about the struggles, and history of the elk herd.  From the knowledge of the guides, to the beauty of the wildlife and scenery, our sleigh ride couldn’t have been any better!

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