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Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

1. Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

After an early-morning pickup from your Jackson Hole hotel, your naturalist guide will take you to Grand Teton National Park. Even in the chilling winter, wildlife such as moose, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, or even wolves can be spotted in the park. You'll witness the beauty of the wide, snowy plains that stretch out to the jagged mountains as you learn about the ancient geology that gave rise to the landscape. At midday, escape the cold and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the famous western-cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming. Then head back outside for a horse-drawn sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge, carrying you through the low valley that hosts thousands of wintering elk. Snap photos of the large herds as your guide explains how the elk migrate from the surrounding area to the refuge, a 24,700-acre (9,996-hectare) winter sanctuary hosting 47 different mammals and nearly 175 species of birds such as trumpeter swans and bald eagles. At the end of a memorable 8-hour tour of this winter wonderland, return to your hotel.

From Jackson: 4-Day Grand Teton and Yellowstone Winter Tour

2. From Jackson: 4-Day Grand Teton and Yellowstone Winter Tour

• Day 1: Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge Meet your friendly guide and group and head off for an afternoon wildlife tour in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge in a heated Suburban or other 10-passenger vehicle. On the tour, you'll have your best chance of seeing moose in the park, along with wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and bison. Settle in for the night at your accommodation in Jackson, Wyoming.  • Day 2: National Elk Refuge sleigh ride and West Yellowstone, Montana Depart in the early morning from your Jackson lodging for a sleigh ride in the National Elk Refuge, filled with over 5,000 elk. After the ride, the tour will continue through Grand Teton National Park to West Yellowstone. Cross over the Continental Divide and enjoy some free time to shop in the historic town of West Yellowstone upon arrival. Spend the night at an accommodation in West Yellowstone, Montana.  • Day 3: Snowcoach tour into Yellowstone National Park Depart in the morning for a wintery visit to Yellowstone. Hop on the specialized winter vehicle that will take you to see the famous Old Faithful. Along the way, keep an eye out for bison and elk, and admire the beautiful scenery as you proceed toward the Madison River. Stops include Fountain Paint Pots and Old Faithful, where you can see geysers erupt and explore the area on foot. After lunch, head back to West Yellowstone, stopping for photos along the way. Spend the night in West Yellowstone, Montana.  • Day 4: West Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole, Wyoming Leave West Yellowstone in the morning and set off on a trip to the geological site where the Hebgen Lake Earthquake of 1959 occurred. Sit back, relax, and marvel at the beautiful winter scenery and deep snow on your way back through Island Park and on to Jackson Hole, where the tour will end.

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What people are saying about National Elk Refuge

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 71 reviews

WOW!!! In order…red fox, mule deer, bald eagle, moose, trumpeter swans, coyotes, elk and bison. And that was before we even hit the National Elk Refuge. Transportation was fantastic and comfortable…and our guide Dallin was even better. As knowledgeable as you could ever hope to have and very personable with a great sense of humor. Lunch at Sidewinders was awesome. Well worth every dollar.

The van tour and sleigh ride were outstanding. We saw moose, mule deer, red fox, coyote, bald eagle, and hundreds of elk. Our guide, Kyle, was great. He had a lot of local wildlife and area knowledge and was very helpful. Don’t hesitate to book this trip.

Our tour guide, Kyle, was full of energy and knowledge! It was a cold, snowy day but we still managed to see so many amazing things! Very happy with our experience and would recommend to anyone who is looking to learn more about this beautiful area.

Our guide, Kyle, was fantastic…so knowledgeable! We were able to see coyotes, wolves, moose, a bald eagle, and of course elk, up close and personal! A fabulous day with a great guide.

We managed to see wolves, coyote, bold eagle, fox, bisons, moose and elks. Honestly, it was perfect and the guide was so nice, funny and interesting to listen to. Super recommended