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Alpine Wetland Viewing Area
The Alpine Wetland and View area on the southeast shore of Palisades Reservoir has a parking lot, fenced area and view building. The wetland is open to walking, but visitors are encouraged to view from the existing facility. The 100 acre area is closed to waterfowl hunting and no motorized vehicl...
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National Elk Refuge
Description: National Elk Refuge, located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was established in 1912 to provide winter habitat and preserve the Jackson elk herd. The Refuge is an integral component of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; it is bounded by Grand Teton National Park and a wilderness area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Refuge receives nearly 1 million visits annually.

Wildlife to Watch: National Elk Refuge was one of the first big game refuges established and was created as a result of public interest in the survival of the Jackson elk herd. The Refuge is managed to provide winter habitat for approximately half of the nearly 14,000 elk in the Jackson elk herd.

The winter season, between November and April, is the best time to view elk and other wildlife on the National Elk Refuge. A spectacle of thousands of migratory elk can be seen wintering on the Refuge, as well as numerous other species such as bison, bighorn sheep, coyotes, trumpeter swans, moose, bald eagles, and more.

Special Tips: To protect Refuge wildlife and their habitats, public use activities, including photography, are primarily confined to the main, unpaved roads and turnouts within the Refuge and the turnouts along U.S. Highway 26/191. Wildlife observation decks at the Flat Creek turnout north of the visitor center on Highway 26/191 and at the visitor center itself offer good opportunities for waterfowl, bird, and wildlife photography, particularly in the spring, summer, and fall. The best opportunity for close-up elk photography and observation is from the horse-drawn sleigh ride tours.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Jackson


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Elk - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The National Elk Refuge is located just northeast of the town of Jackson, Wyoming, and directly south of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

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National Elk Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area