Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • Jackson Elk Herd

    Bison and Elk Management Step-down Plan

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the final Environmental Assessment and final Bison and Elk Management Step-down Plan.

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    Refuge Access Regulations

    Click here to read about winter closures and access regulations in effect.

    Refuge Access Regulations

  • Winter Sleigh Rides

    Winter Sleigh Rides

    Horse-drawn rides are a popular refuge winter activity. Experience this unique way to visit the refuge.

    Learn more about Sleigh Rides

  • Historic Miller Ranch

    Historic Miller Ranch

    Enjoy a visit to a historic homestead. The Miller Ranch is open during the summer season.

    Historic Miller Ranch

News & Updates

Proposed New Hunting Opportunities

National Elk Refuge proposes opening opportunities to hunt white-tailed deer and pronghorn on areas already open to hunting. We are seeking public comments on the proposal during May 21 – June 21, 2021. For more information, visit our regional New Hunting and Fishing Opportunities webpage and click on "2021-2022 Hunting and Sport Fishing Seasons."

New Hunting and Fishing Opportunities

Prescribed Burn

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Wildland firefighters will be conducting a prescribed burn on the National Elk Refuge sometime between April 19 and May 7, as conditions allow. This will be the first prescribed broadcast burn on the Refuge in 20 years.

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Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp

April 7, 2021 2021 Jr Duck Stamp Winner

The winners of the 2021 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program were recently announced from the 221 total art entries that were received from around the state.

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Multi-Use Pathway Re-authorization

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Elk Refuge has re-authorized the Compatibility Determination (CD) for the Multi-Use Pathway on the west side of the Refuge. There were no changes from the recently expired CD except the Service defined the types of bicycles that are permitted on the trail. A public comment period for this re-authorization took place from November 19 through December 10, 2020. Twenty-eight written comments were received.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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