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Winter Sleigh Ride

Experience an awe-inspiring horse-drawn sleigh ride among thousands of elk at the National Elk Refuge - one of the most scenic and safe ways to experience wildlife in Jackson Hole.
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Sleigh riding onto the refuge are one of the most popular winter activities in the valley, allowing you a unique wildlife viewing experience and an incredible opportunity for photography.

When to go

Available from mid-December through early April, through contractor Double H Bar, an experienced guide will lead you within 20-30 feet of the elk through an area not open to the general public. “It’s totally quiet and a beautiful environment and scenery,” says sleigh operator co-owner Jeff Warburton. “It’s unique and closer than you’re ever going to get to the elk.”

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Know before you go

Operationally, the sleigh rides on the elk refuge are running normal, with a few extra safety precautions in place. But there are still measures our local businesses are taking to keep our community, and you, safe as well as things you can do to recreate responsibly.

  • The trip involves a short bus ride to the refuge as well as a sleigh ride with people outside of your party.
  • Blankets will not be available on the sleigh and if you get cold easily, it’s recommended you bring your own.
  • Indoor facilities will be closed at the start and end of your trip, so prepare to spend the whole time outdoors.
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