Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

Activity provider: BrushBuck Wildlife Tours

From US$ 199 per person

Enjoy winter wildlife viewing on a guided tour of Grand Teton National Park in an enclosed, heated vehicle. Following a restaurant lunch, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Accommodation in Jackson, Teton Village, or Wilson, Wyoming
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • See winter wildlife in Grand Teton National Park from a heated vehicle
  • Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride onto the National Elk Refuge
  • Search for wildlife such as moose, wolves, bison, bighorn sheep, eagles, and elk
  • Receive expert insight about the wildlife and local geology from your guide
  • Savor a restaurant lunch in the famous American western town of Jackson, Wyoming
Full description

After an early morning pickup from your hotel, your guide will take you to Grand Teton National Park. Even in the chilling winter, wildlife such as moose, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, and even wolves can be spotted in the park.  You will witness the beauty of the wide, snowy plains that stretch out to the jagged mountains as you learn about the ancient geology that gave rise to the landscape. At midday, escape the cold and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the famous western-cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming. After lunch, you will head back outside for a horse-drawn sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge, carrying you through the low valley that hosts thousands of wintering elk. Snap photos of the large herds as your guide explains how the elk migrate from the surrounding area to the refuge, a 24,700-acre (9,996-hectare) winter sanctuary hosting 47 different mammals and nearly 175 species of birds such as trumpeter swans and bald eagles. At the end of a memorable 8-hour tour of this winter wonderland, you will return to your hotel.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in the Jackson Hole area (Jackson, Teton Village, Wilson)
  • Guided tour of Grand Teton National Park
  • Heated vehicle
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride in the National Elk Refuge
  • Lunch
  • Live commentary
  • Telescope for group
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • National park entrance fees ($15 per person)
  • Tips for the guide (10-15% recommended)
  • Alcohol (at restaurant lunch)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Camera
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Tour departure times are subject to change due to weather and sunrise or sunset times. The tour will take place even when it is snowing
  • Please eat breakfast before you join this tour
  • It is recommended to bring a small blanket for your time on the horse-drawn sleigh at the National Elk Refuge
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 67 reviews

Review summary

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First and foremost our guide, Mark, was congenial, well informed and determined that his guest had an enjoyable wildlife tour. According to Mark we had an exceptional day observing wildlife; we were pleased. The only negative was outside of Mark's control; the sleigh ride in the elk refuge. Anticipated riding through the refuge seeing, and being near, thousand of elk. In stead rode around in the pasture coming within 40 yards of maybe 30 elk; very disappointing.

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January 11, 2023

Where do I begin? Sarah was our tour guide and her knowledge of the area was incredible. This was our first time out to Idaho/Wyoming and it was something we will never forget. Sarah knew where to go so we were able to see Moose, Bison, Mule Deer, Elk, Big Horn Sheep, an immature Eagle, and a coyote. For me she was so much more than just a tour guide, she helped me with my little kids and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and comfortable. She made the day feel like it was spent with family. I highly recommend this guided tour, it was private and everything I wanted and more!!!

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January 5, 2023

WOW!!! In order…red fox, mule deer, bald eagle, moose, trumpeter swans, coyotes, elk and bison. And that was before we even hit the National Elk Refuge. Transportation was fantastic and comfortable…and our guide Dallin was even better. As knowledgeable as you could ever hope to have and very personable with a great sense of humor. Lunch at Sidewinders was awesome. Well worth every dollar.

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March 6, 2022

Product ID: 202954