Imagine riding in a horse-drawn sleigh beneath breathtaking mountain peaks. Now imagine being surrounded by thousands of elk! This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is available at the National Elk Refuge. Each winter, visitors to Jackson Hole can experience incredible sightseeing and photography opportunities on Elk Refuge sleigh rides. It’s one of the most popular activities in the area, and it’s just a short drive from our inn! Here are some things you should know before heading out into the snow.
The National Elk Refuge is famous for providing a much-needed sanctuary for elk during the cold winter months. This migration can last from a few days to several weeks, covering up to 60 miles. Visitors will see thousands of wintering elk during the sleigh ride. You may even encounter bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, and wolves. Over 175 species of birds also frequent the area. Have your camera ready!
Elk Refuge sleigh rides are operated by Double H Bar, Inc. and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To inquire about a ride, call 307.733.0277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter in Jackson Hole is usually very cold. Surprisingly, the temperature can feel even colder on the sleigh compared to conditions in town. Chilling winds often blow up the valley, and snowstorms can move in quickly. Appropriate dress for a sleigh ride includes a warm coat, hat, gloves, and boots. Be sure to dress in layers so you can adjust to changes in temperature!
The 2016/2017 sleigh ride season begins on Saturday, December 17, 2016 and runs through late March or early April, depending on conditions. During the season, Elk Refuge sleigh rides operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visitors can purchase their tickets at the Jackson Hole Visitors Center and take a free shuttle bus to the sleigh boarding area. Tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for children. Perfect for all ages, this adventure will be the highlight of your trip to Jackson Hole.
After an incredible day at the National Elk Refuge, head back to our Jackson Hole bed and breakfast and relax! Our lodge features comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities that will leave you feeling refreshed and restored. We even offer a variety of packages and specials to help you save on your trip! Our Wildlife Experience Package is perfect for winter and includes a three-night stay at the inn, breakfast each morning, and a four-hour wildlife viewing excursion lead by a naturalist. Give us a call to reserve this package and book your stay today. We look forward to hearing from you!
Looking for more fun activities to try this winter?
Read our blog about dog sledding in Jackson Hole!
Photo Courtesy of the National Elk Refuge.