You’ll Relish the Chance to Take One of the Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides

elk refuge sleigh rides

Can you imagine riding in a horse-drawn sleigh beneath breathtaking mountain peaks, surrounded by thousands of elk? This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is only at the National Elk Refuge! Every winter season, visitors flock to Jackson Hole to experience the incredible sightseeing and photography opportunities on Elk Refuge sleigh rides. Want to know more about the Elk Refuge sleigh rides? Here are some things you should know before heading out into the snow.

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You’re Going to Love These Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides

What You’ll See On the Sleigh Ride

The National Elk Refuge provides a sanctuary for elk during the cold winter months. During this migration, which can last from a few days to several weeks, the elk cover up to 60 miles. On the sleigh ride, you’ll see thousands of wintering elk! You also have the chance to encounter bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, and wolves. Over 175 species of birds also frequent the area. So, have your camera out!

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

What To Wear During a Wyoming Winter

Winter in Jackson Hole is usually very cold. When you’re exposed on the sleigh ride, the temperature can feel even colder compared to conditions in town. Spine-chilling winds often blow up the valley, and blizzard conditions can move in quickly. So, appropriate attire for a sleigh ride is essential. This includes a warm coat, hat, gloves, and boots. Be sure to dress in layers so you can adjust to changes in temperature!

How to Get There

The 2017/2018 sleigh ride season begins on Saturday, December 16, 2017, and runs through April 7, 2018, depending on conditions. During the season, Elk Refuge sleigh rides operate from 9 a.m. to 5 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 $23 for adults and $15 for children. Perfect for all ages, this adventure will be the highlight of your trip to Jackson Hole.

Book Your Stay at the Bentwood Inn

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!

Photo Courtesy of the National Elk Refuge.