In The Community


The National Elk Refuge lies in the heart of the Jackson Hole valley, a landscape renowned for its impressive views of the Teton Range and other surrounding mountains.

Jackson Hole Information 

Visitors frequently ask the difference between "Jackson" and "Jackson Hole." Jackson refers to the town, which serves as the county seat for Teton County, Wyoming. The 2010 census reported Jackson's population to be 9,577. Jackson Hole, however, refers to the valley. A "hole" was a trappers term for a low-lying valley surrounded by mountains. 

Jackson is a major gateway for millions of tourists visiting nearby Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the National Elk Refuge. Jackson is host to a number of world-class arts organizations, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Center for the Arts. Four large arches constructed of elk antlers mark the four entrances to the Town Square.


The National Elk Refuge works with many partners, including Federal, State, and nonprofit organizations to help achieve management goals. Learn more